The Fastest Man

Green Lantern just hit the screens last week.

I haven’t watched it yet but I have heard, read, seen the story plot of Hal Jordan‘s beginnings as a member of the galactic corps. I’ve read the comic books, I’ve seen the direct-to-video animation, and I’ve read the wikipedia article. Although I have to admit the movie has a different twist, but I don’t mind.

Next up should be a remake of the fastest man alive – the Flash. I’ve seen the movie, it was good but lacks the technology to produce CGI as cool as today’s.

I have often found the Flash’s powers amazing. Aside from the ability to run at the speeds greater than sound, he can think, move, react and even eat at super human speeds. He is often pitted against the man of steel to know who’s faster. Funny thing was that they always end up in a tie. Although recent issues of the comics revealed that the Flash was actually holding back, thus really making him the fastest man alive faster than Superman himself. Everything fast seemed to be a part of the scarlet speedster  – including reading fast, learning fast, picking up and processing information really fast. Everything in a flash.

Most of the time, I find it so amazing that what if someone had the same powers as the scarlet speedster. What would happen if out of the blue, you could run faster than flash, maybe then you wouldn’t need any vehicle to travel, just your feet. And maybe, if that happened, there wouldn’t be any marathons because the speedsters would surely win.

So much for fiction.

Then there’s Usain Bolt or the Lightning Bolt. The real world’s fastest man alive. He is the man who currently holds the records in the 100 and 200 meter sprinting. His feats may not be the same as the powers of the Scarlet Speedster but his speed on the track could not be matched by regular people.

However, I recently learned that there was one man who could have been faster than Usain Bolt. He is larger than life itself and he didn’t outrun another human, he outran a chariot.

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

1 Kings 18:41-46

According to Charles Swindoll, a Christian writer, the area is almost thirteen miles away or more than 20 kilometers. For marathon runners, that’s just a simple marathon, but for sure not even Usain Bolt could outrun a chariot, let alone a king’s chariot. Chariots usually have more or less 6-8 horses and a king’s chariot should have the best horses in the land, and here was Elijah outrunning a chariot.

Oh, and the Valley of Jezreel wasn’t a paved road like we have these days, it was a rough road valley.

So who’s the fastest man?

** Just an afterthought, this probably is one of the reasons God fetched Elijah from earth to heaven via a fiery chariot.
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