We will look at two scenes this study. Not only will be learn of Elijah but we will see the power of Elijah's God.
1/ Confrontation. This was the time of the divided kingdom but we focus on the Northern Kingdom. Israel.
Things were going from bad to worse in the kingdom and when we thought things couldn't get any worse along came King Ahab. He done more evil than all the other kings put together before him. The nation God rescued from Egypt was being forgotten. But God was not going to allow it. Enter Elijah.
Unexpectedly Elijah appears in our text. We know nothing about him. Suddenly we have a confrontation between God and the King.
God was going to use this man Elijah.
Normally we have a family link to the prophets but we no absolutely nothing about Elijah. God delights to use the obscure and the unlikely. You don't need to be well known or from a great family for God to use you.
Why does Elijah go to the king and not the people. Well, the king holds the power. Here in Kings we hear just about the kings. This was a period of dictatorship rather than democracy. King Ahab was responsible for this dictatorship.
Elijah tells the king there will be no dew or rain for the next few years unless God says so.
We Know little about Elijah's background but we know about his convictions. What we believe is more important than where we come from.
A/ theLord is Israel's God. Forget Baal. Forget the Asherah. God is Israel's God.
Elijah's means my God is Yahweh.
B/ the Lord is the living God. Verse 1, the God of Israel lives. Baal was not alive. The people viewed God as dead but Elijah was saying no. God is alive.
C/ the Lord is the sovereign God. Again verse 1 tells us, the God I serve. Elijah's only concern is to serve the sovereign God. He is a very bold man. In His mind he is standing before a heavenly king. He fears God rather than man. We should be the same.
D/ The Lord is the faithful God. God had already promised in Deuteronomy that if the people turn away from Him he would stop sending them rain. He was just fulfilling that promise. If the people had served Him faithfully they would not be in the position they will now find themselves in.
The NT adds to this in James chapter 5. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly it would not rain. he prayed in accordance with God's word. God promised it and Elijah prayed that God's will would be done. Elijah knew God was a faithful God.
What are my convictions. Do I believe that God is alive. He lives and acts today. Do we have the conviction that He is my God or is faith just something we have been taught.
Elijah appears and very quickly disappears. Just as Jesus was taken unexpectedly into the wilderness Elijah was the same.
Verse 2 for the first time tells us The Lord said to Elijah. He told him to go and hide. Somewhere Ahab can't find him and where God will provide for him. Everyday God will provide his food and drink.
What is the significance of this? Why is he being hidden. Probably not for his protection.
A/. It was a sign of judgement. Elijah didn't try to persuade Ahab to change. No, he simply told him what would happen. Elijah was God's spokesman. Famine is always in the Bible a sign of judgement.
B/ It is also a school of learning for Elijah. He is preparing him for future ministry. He is learning to obey God. He is learning to trust God. To go to a remote place in the middle of the wilderness to be fed by ravens takes some faith.
He is also learning God will provide him with the resources he will need for his ministry. There were others who had not bowed to Baal but there were no ravens sent to them. We may find that difficult to understand but God will sustain His servants He needs to accomplish His will.
He is also learning God works in mysterious ways. To the Jew a raven was contaminated. Yet He used these ravens to feed Elijah. He doesn't always work in the way we expect. Things happen to us we don't expect. He is not predictable but He is faithful. We must trust Him and obey Him. When our circumstances are not what we expect we still need to trust Him.
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