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

8And the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, 9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Sidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain thee. 10So 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, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 11And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thy hand. 12And she said, As Jehovah thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said; but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it forth unto me, and afterward make for thee and for thy son. 14For thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that Jehovah sendeth rain upon the earth. 15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat [many] days. 16The jar of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of Jehovah, which he spake by Elijah. (ASV)

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