38 Then fire from Hashem descended and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the earth; and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
va-ti-POL aysh a-do-NAI va-TO-khal et ha-o-LAH v’-et ha-ay-TZEEM v’-et ha-a-va-NEEM v’-et he-a-FAR v’-et ha-MA-yim a-sher ba-t’-a-LAH li-KHAY-khah
לח וַתִּפֹּל אֵשׁ־יְהֹוָה וַתֹּאכַל אֶת־הָעֹלָה וְאֶת־הָעֵצִים וְאֶת־הָאֲבָנִים וְאֶת־הֶעָפָר וְאֶת־הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר־בַּתְּעָלָה לִחֵכָה׃
18:38 Then fire from Hashem descended
In miraculous fashion, Hashem accepts the prophet Eliyahu’s offerings. This may be surprising, as Eliyahu did not offer these sacrifices in the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim, the only place Israelite sacrifice is allowed. His battle with the prophets of the Baal and his offerings to Hashem take place on Mount Carmel in northern Israel, near the Mediterranean coast and the modern city of Haifa. The Sages (Yevamot 90b) teach that this was an extraordinary case where, because of the danger of the People of Israel being lost to idolatry, Eliyahu the prophet was permitted to temporarily suspend the law and offer a sacrifice outside of the Beit Hamikdash. As the offering is received and the Israelites accept Hashem’s rule, it becomes clear to see that he was right to do so. Sometimes, prophets demonstrate that extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary actions.