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Jehovah Jireh
Bible Passage 1 Kings 17: 1-16
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books 1 Kings, Luke.

Jehovah Jireh

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 14, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the sojourners of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except according to my word.”

2 And the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

3 “Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, before Jordan.

4 And it shall be, you shall drink of the brook. And I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

5 So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, before Jordan.

6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

7 And it came to pass after a while, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.

8 And the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

9 “Arise, go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon, and live there. Behold, I have commanded a widow to keep you there.”

10 Then he arose and went to Zarephath, and came in to the entrance of the city, and, behold, the widow was gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please, bring me a little water in a vessel so that I may drink.”

11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Please, bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”

12 And she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have a cake, but only a handful of meal in a pitcher and a little oil in a jar. Now see, I am gathering two sticks, so that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, so that we may eat it and die.”

13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear, go. Do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it, and bring it to me. And then make for you and for your son,

14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The pitcher of meal shall not be emptied, nor shall the jar of oil fail until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’ ”

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah. And she and he and her house ate many days;

16 The pitcher of meal was not consumed, and the jar of oil did not fail, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

 

BACKGROUND
Ahab became king after Jeroboam and the religious life of the Israelites worsened. The people in Israel were already worshiping false gods long before Ahab became king, But Ahab encouraged the people to follow these false religions.

Ahab’s marriage to Jezebel, daughter of the king-priest of Phoenicia was a source of trouble. Ahab did not only accept his wife’s Baalism (a god), but also gave it official status in Israel by building a Baal temple in the capital.

Israel’s religious life was in such danger that God intervened with an unusually large number of miracles and judgements.

Ahab was acting as if the Lord, the real God of Israel, were dead or did not still care about Israel. So the Lord appointed Elijah to be a prophet to Israel. Elijah was bold when he spoke to King Ahab. Elijah declared that the Lord was definitely alive, and he was still Israel’s God, although Ahab did not respect Him. The Lord would challenge Baal, who was believed to be the provider of rain. God was showing that Baal can never be compared to Him.

First He sent the prophet Elijah to announce a three-year drought throughout the land (1 Kings17:1). This showed the powerlessness of Baal, who was supposed to be the god of nature and fertility. At the same time it showed the power of Yahweh, who was still God of Israel. Elijah was no doubt unpopular because of the drought, so God directed him to hide near a stream in his home territory of Gilead, east of Jordan.

No one knew where he was, and he did not even need to go out to look for food, because God provided it miraculously. He commanded the ravens to feed Elijah. Hallelujah!!!

When Elijah’s water supply dried up (verse 7), God sent him to Zarephath in Phoenicia. This was Baal’s home territory, but the drought there was just as severe. The miraculous feeding of Elijah, the widow and her household showed that God’s power was greater than Baal’s, even in Baal’s home country; and, unlike Baal’s, it could work independently of nature.

Elijah’s request for a loaf of bread is a test of the faith of the widow. He asked her to give him the first loaf, before she made anything for herself or her son. Because Elijah was God’s prophet, she would be giving that loaf to God. We should always give God the first place in our lives.

The events showed also that faith, not nationality, was the basis for God’s blessing (verse 8-16; compare Luke 4:25-26).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 God is the most powerful God of the universe who has power over all things

🔷 God’s blessings goes beyond tribe and race to all those who have faith in Him

🔷 No act of sacrifice and mercy to God’s people will ever go unrewarded

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that our leaders will know God easily
💥 Pray for God’s servants whose lives are endangered because of their work

CONCLUSION📙
God’s word never disappoints us, even in the most difficult situations. We should always obey God who is always obey to protect us and give us all that we need. He deserves the first place in our lives, and He will provide everything else that we need.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections