Insights on Today's Reading
1 Kings 17 - This chapter presents to us one of the great prophets of the Old Testament, Elijah. The question can be asked as to how you can stand up to a ruthless, powerful, pagan king like Ahab? You can when you have first have learned to stand before the Lord God of heaven and earth! Elijah was bold because he knew God and God's plan for His people. Elijah predicted no rain until he said so! God protected Elijah during the coming draught by having ravens feed him and then a poor widow who was ready to fix her last meal for her son and herself. But Elijah told him to fix for him first and then to trust God to provide enough food for the rest of the famine.
1 Kings 18 - Elijah then faced down Ahab on Mount Carmel by challenging him to bring the prophets of Baal, all 450 of them, to a showdown on that mountain. Two oxen would be provided. The prophets of Baal would have the chance to call on their god to bring fire down and consume their sacrifice. They tried everything, all in vain. Elijah brought forth his sacrifice and had it covered with precious water! He then called on God who immediately sent fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice! The people realize who the right God really was!
1 Kings 19 - Interestingly enough, though Elijah could stand up to Ahab in chapter 17, he ran for his life from Jezebel in this chapter! Those who have served the Lord for years can understand. Fatigue and exhaustion can happen when you serve the Lord. Perhaps Elijah was just overwhelmed with activity that he wasn't ready to face a wicked woman like Jezebel. Whatever the reason, Elijah eventually came to a different mountain, Mount Horeb, also known as Mt. Sinai. Here he would be reminded that God doesn't need a lot of loud bluster and thunder to get our attention. A "still small voice" is often His way of communicating His words of strength, comfort, and challenge to His servants. Elijah would be ordered to call Elisha to follow in his footsteps.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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