God Is Our Help And Our Salvation! (1 Kings 17:8-16)

Terrel Kesterson, August 6, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Elijah was one of God’s faithful Old Testament prophets. Elijah served during the time of King Ahab. King Ahab was so evil that the Bible tells us, “Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Ki. 16:33). As Elijah kept faithfully speaking God’s Word, he ran into opposition and persecution from Ahab. Because of the wickedness of Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, and the Jewish people the Lord decided to send a drought as a judgment on them, to try to humble them and turn them to Him. God sent Elijah to Ahab to tell him about the drought, which Elijah did. Then God told Elijah to get away from Ahab so Ahab would not be able to take revenge on him. Elijah went and hid by a brook. God had told Elijah, “You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. … There by the brook, “The ravens brought [Elijah] bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land” (1 Ki. 17:4, 6-7).

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1 Kings 17:8-16

Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 15 And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. (ESV)

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