Elijah’s Prediction of Drought
1#2Ki 3:14; Jas 5:17Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was one of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives before whom I stand, there will not be dew or rain these years except by my word.”
2The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3“Go from here and turn eastward and hide by the Kerith brook, which is east of the Jordan. 4#1Ki 17:9You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
5So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and lived by the Kerith brook, which is east of the Jordan. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
The Widow of Zarephath
7After some time, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9#Ob 1:20; Lk 4:26“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there. I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10#Ge 24:17; Jn 4:7So he got up and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and said, “Please get a small cup of water for me to drink.” 11As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12#1Ki 17:1; Ge 21:16She said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, but only a handful of meal in a barrel and a little oil in a jar. I am gathering two sticks, that I can go in and make it for me and my son, so we may eat it and die.”
13Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make a little cake for me first, and bring it to me, and afterward, make some for your son and you, 14for thus says the Lord God of Israel: The barrel of meal will not run out, nor will the jar of oil empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.”
15She went and did what Elijah told her to do, and she, he, and her household ate many days. 16The barrel of meal did not run out, nor did the jar of oil empty, according to the word of the Lord, which He spoke by Elijah.
17Later on, the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became terribly sick, so much so that he had no breath left in him. 18#2Ki 3:13; Lk 4:34She said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O you man of God? Have you come to remind me of my sin and to kill my son?”
19And he said to her, “Give me your son,” and he took him out of her arms and carried him up to a loft where he slept and laid him on his own bed. 20He cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord, my God, have You brought tragedy upon the widow with whom I live by killing her son?” 21#Ac 20:10And he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord and said, “O Lord, my God, I pray that You let this child’s soul come into him again.”
22The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, andhe was revived. 23Elijah took the child and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and returned him to his mother, and Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”
24#Jn 3:2; 16:30The woman said to Elijah, “Now, because of this, I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth!”