He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:30-38
Elijah the prophet challenged the 450 prophets of Baal to a duel of Gods. Before the duel starts Elijah asks the people to make up their minds, if the Lord is God, follow him, but if Baal is God, follow him. But the people say nothing, they will not commit. The prophets of Baal have the first shot at showing everyone that Baal is God. But their cries are not answered all day. Their sacrifice lies untouched on the altar. It is near the end of the day and Elijah gets his chance to call on the Lord God. His sacrifice is set up and for good measure he has 4 large jars of water poured over the sacrifice and wood three times until the water runs off the altar and fills the surrounding trench. Then Elijah prays to the Lord and asks Him to answer him so the people will know that you Lord are God, any you are turning their hearts back again. The Lord answers as only He can. He brings fire down that burns up the sacrifice, the wood, the stone altar, the soil, and all the water in the trench. There is no question that the Lord showed Himself. And the people’s response? Their hearts turn to God and they fall prostrate and cry out, The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God! If there was ever any doubt of who is greater, The Lord God left no question it is He!