1 Kings – Chapter 17

1kings chapter 17

Elijah Steps on the Scene
Verse 1 – Israel, the northern kingdom, had no faithful kings throughout its history. Each king was wicked, actually leading the people in worshiping pagan gods. Few priests were left from the tribe of Levi because they had gone to Judah. The priests appointed by Israel’s kings were corrupt and ineffective. Elijah was the first in a long line of important prophets God sent to Israel and Judah.
Those who worshiped Baal believed he was the god who brought the rains and a bountiful harvest. Therefore, when Elijah walked into the presence of this Baal-worshiping king and told him there would be no rain for several years, Ahab was shocked. Elijah confronted the man who led his people into evil, and told of a power far greater than any pagan god-the Lord God of Israel.
Verses 4-6 – God’s miraculous provision of food for Elijah, at a time when God had cut off food for the nation, reminds any hearer/reader that God is the true provider of human needs.
Verse 7 – The brook dried up after a while. If you have read this before, you will realize this is but a small process that only last for a time before God moves Elijah to a bigger purpose. Through our hardships, God provides provisions along the way until you reach the main purpose He is calling you into.
Verses 8, 9 – Luke 4:26, 27 says that God sent His messenger with beneficial signs and wonders to a Gentile.
Verse 10 – In a nation that was required by law to care for its prophets, it is ironic that God turned to ravens (unclean birds) and a widow (a foreigner from Jezebel’s home territory) to care for Elijah. God provides for us in ways that go beyond our narrow definitions or expectations. Sometimes, we may find provisions in some strange places.
Verses 13-16 – We may not see the solution until we take the first step of faith. When the widow of Zarephath met Elijah, she thought she was preparing her last meal. But a simple act of faith produced a miracle. Faith is the step between promise and assurance.
Verse 17 – Even when God has done a miracle in our lives, our troubles might not be over. God’s provision is never given for us to rest upon that one miracle-get stuck. We depend on Him as each new trial faces us.

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