April 9th

1 Kings 17-19

  • 17:2-7 – This is Elijah, not Ahab, who is living by the brook and being fed by ravens.
  • 17:8-16 – As a widow, she would have had no source of income. It took a great act of faith to risk the little she had on a promise that she would be taken care of.
  • 18:7-16 – Though Obadiah was a high-ranking official in Ahab’s kingdom, he followed the Lord. Obadiah, here, fears that Elijah will not present himself to Ahab and Obadiah will look like a liar and be killed.
  • 18:22-24 – Though we are not normally supposed to put God to the test, Elijah, a prophet of God, was clearly intended to do this.
  • 18:27 – Elijah taunts the prophets of Baal as they desperately try to get Baal to show up.
  • 18:39 – God’s power, which proves to be far greater than Baal’s, turns people’s hearts back to him.
  • 19:8 – Moses, Jesus, and Elijah all experienced 40 day fasts. Notice that each of them have just experienced or are simultaneously experiencing the power and glory of God. Jesus had just been baptized and received the Holy Spirit, Moses was on the mountain with God, and Elijah had just seen God consume a bull with fire.
  • 19:11-12 – Often we miss God’s voice and what he’s calling us to do because we’re distracted by the chaos and the big shows. At times, we must be quiet and still to hear him in the whisper.
  • 19:14-18 – Elijah felt very alone in his faithfulness to God and even feared for his life. God made it clear that he was not alone, but that God would take care of those who had been faithful while punishing those who had not.
  • 19:19 – Elijah putting his cloak on Elisha symbolizes a transfer of power.
  • 19:20-21 – Elijah’s response is unclear, but Elisha takes care of a few final things and then begins his life working with and learning from Elijah.

 

 

 

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