So, this week our Church is studying 1 Kings 17 & 18 and I’ll tell you these chapters have been yummy to my soul. My spirit is being fed well. Let’s dig into it today and if you have thoughts, and would like to share, feel free to comment below or reach out to me.
1 Kings 17
Elijah’s name means “Yahweh Is My God.”
The Canaanites believed that Baal controlled the rain, He was actually called the Lord of Rain and Dew, the two forms of moisture that were indispensable for fertile soil in Canaan.
They knew that Elijah was declaring that his God had power over theirs for in Deut. 28:12; 33:28 God speaks of it but there is a condition, you must be obedient.
During this passage of scripture there had been no “dew” or “rain” for six months. Israel’s economy depended on good agriculture so this this meant famine, followed by pestilence and death. If they had fully depended on God they would have received the blessings promised in the above scripture ( Deut 28:12; 33:28)
Why do I say the blessing is conditional?
Because the Lord had also promised to withhold the rain and dew from the land (what they needed to thrive), if Israel – His people, turned to other gods. Just read the following scriptures:
- Lev 26:18-19
- Deut 11:16-17; 28:23-24
Israel was walking in disobedience. They had two evil leaders. Ahab and Jezebel. They had fallen into idolatry and worshipping false gods as well as hundreds of false prophets in the land. They’d fallen away and even though our God punished them, yet He loved them and made a way to restore His people, but that’s another study.
Sometimes all it takes is one. We know that Elijah is said to have come from Tishbi, although there is no record of the city, but it seems like he just mysteriously appeared on the scene. No matter where he came from though, we know he was raised up and sent by God.
Notice, whenever God told Elijah to do something, he did it. The scriptures repeatedly say, and the word of the Lord came unto him and Elijah went and did according to whatever the instructions were.
So now let’s dig a little deeper. I am getting excited just reading and studying these scriptures because it shows us how mighty our God is! So some points to meditate on.
- When we are obedient to him then we can walk in the expectancy of his provision and miracles.
- We have to get to the place where we believe in the power of God. There are so many that believe in the power of evil yet hesitate when it comes to believing in the power of the goodness of our Lord, but I digress.
- Another key point is that God helped Elijah by building his faith, when he provided food for him but Elijah could not enjoy that provision without being obedient to God. We must do what God says, Go where God says go in order to reap the miraculous blessings from Him. Can you imagine the miracle of the greedy ravens bringing him food. (We’d have to study the raven’s nature later).
A couple of questions to ponder and answer:
- Can you imagine how Elijah must have felt when the brook dried up?
- Has something ever dried up in your life?
- Think about how you felt, how you reacted?
- How did you come out of it.
Well Elijah stayed in obedience mode and reaped the blessings, he and the widow, unlike Ahab.
In my next post we will study 1 Kings 18 with an emphasis on Ahab, Jezebel and the people of God.
This Word is um umm Good! See you on the next post! In the meantime enjoy this video. Will you obey?