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No False Gods!
Bible Passage 1 Kings19: 1-18
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book 1 Kings.

No False Gods!

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 15, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 Ahab complained to Jezebel about everything that Elijah had done, especially the part about him killing all the prophets of Baal with a sword.

2 Jezebel sent a messenger to tell Elijah, “May the gods do the same to me and even more if tomorrow about this time I haven’t made you like one of those prophets you had killed.”

3 Elijah was terrified, so he got up and ran for his life to Beer-sheba, which is part of Judah, and left his servant there

4 and ran for a day’s journey deep into the wilderness. He found a juniper tree, sat down under it, and prayed that he could die. He asked God, “Enough! LORD! Take my life, because I’m not better than my ancestors!”

5 Then he lay down and went to sleep under the juniper tree. All of a sudden, there was an angel, who kept grabbing him and telling him, “Get up! Eat!”

6 So he looked around, and there near his head was a muffin sitting on top of some heated stones, along with a jar of water. Elijah ate and drank and then lay down again.

7 Later, the angel of the LORD came a second time, grabbed him, and said “Get up! Eat! The journey ahead is too difficult for you!”

8 So Elijah got up, ate and drank, and survived on that one meal for 40 days and nights as he set out on his journey to Horeb, God’s mountain.

9 Elijah arrived at a cave and stayed there. All of a sudden this message came from the LORD: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 “I’ve been very zealous for the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies,” he replied. “The Israelis have abandoned your covenant, demolished your altars, executed your prophets with swords, and I—that’s right, just me!—am the only one left. Now they’re seeking my life, to get rid of me!”

11 “Go out,” he responded, “and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD.” And there was the LORD, passing by! A tremendous, mighty windstorm was tearing at the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces in the presence of the LORD, but the LORD was not in the windstorm. After the wind there came an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

12 After the earthquake there came fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

13 As soon as Elijah heard it, he covered his face in his mantle, went outside, and stood at the entrance to the cave. And there a voice spoke to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 “I’ve been very zealous for the LORD God of the Heavenly Armies,” he replied. “The Israelis have abandoned your covenant, demolished your altars, executed your prophets with swords, and I—that’s right, just me!—am the only one left. Now they’re seeking my life, to get rid of me!”

15 The LORD replied to him, “Go! Return to Damascus, and when you get there, anoint Hazael as king over Aram,

16 anoint Nimshi’s son Jehu as king over Israel, and anoint Shaphat’s son Elisha from Abel-meholah as a prophet to replace you.

17 Whoever escapes from Hazael’s sword Jehu will execute, and whoever escapes from Jehu’s sword Elisha will put to death.

18 Nevertheless, I’ve reserved 7,000 in Israel who have neither bowed their knees to Baal nor kissed him.”

BACKGROUND
Elijah destroyed the prophets of Baal after victory in a public contest to reveal God’s power.

When Jezebel heard that Elijah had killed her prophets, she threatened to do the same to him. She still had great power over the people, who, despite Elijah’s victory at Mt Carmel, soon returned to their idolatrous ways.

Elijah fled south through the barren regions of Judah and was overcome with despair, he wanted only to die. But God sustained him, enabling him to keep moving south till he reached Mt Sinai, the place where God had made his covenant with Israel (3-8).

Elijah doubted whether the covenant had any more meaning for Israel. The people as a whole repeatedly rebelled against its commands, and they were spiritually unaffected by the drought and its spectacular removal (9-10).

God then showed Elijah that although violent and spectacular events had some use, there would be lasting benefits only as people listened to God’s voice in their hearts and responded accordingly (11-14). Through the work of an enemy king Hazael, an Israelite king Jehu and the prophet Elisha, violent and spectacular events would occur as punishments on Israel; but always there would be some who heeded God’s voice and remained faithful to him (15-18).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 No god can challenge the Almighty God and His messengers

🔷 God will feed His people and give them comfort in times of trouble

🔷 God will save and preserve the lives of those who remain faithful to Him

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for God’s protection against the enemies
💥 Ask God to preserve His messengers

CONCLUSION📙
No need to fear false gods and their prophets. God Almighty will secure your life and preserve you among your enemies. We serve a living God, who is always victorious.

AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections