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Thank you for joining us for Part 2 of our Beloved series at Bethel Fort Worth. This week we discuss the importance of stepping out of the shadows of our past.
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    894 OH-28, Milford, OH 45150, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
1 Kings 19:2
So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”
1 Kings 19:3-4
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
1 Kings 19:3-4 (Different Translation)
When he had gone as far south as Beersheba, he left his servant there, not wishing to jeopardize his life any further. In addition, Elijah almost certainly wished to be alone, as the following verses indicate. Elijah traveled another day into the desert and eventually sat down under a broom tree. Growing to a height of about ten feet, the broom tree provided some shade for him.
1 Kings 19:4
Elijah began to pray
1) He told the LORD he had reached the end
1 Kings 19:10
Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”
God’s Provision
1 Kings 19:5-18
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi[b] to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet. Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”
God met Elijah where he was and ministered to him in three areas:
1. God ministered to Elijah’s physical need:
1 Kings 19:5-8
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. There he came to a cave, where he spent the night.
a. Elijah prayed that God would just simply let him die.
b. Exhausted, Elijah couldn't pray any more; so he fell asleep.
1 Kings 19:5
Some time later, an angel awakened him, commanding him to get up and eat. The angel had apparently provided a cake of bread that had been baked over hot coals. In addition, there was a jar of water to quench his thirst. Even after eating, Elijah was still utterly exhausted. So he again lay down and fell asleep. A short time later, the angel awoke him a second time and fed him. Strengthened by the additional food, Elijah set out and traveled some forty days and nights to Mt. Horeb.
2. God ministered to Elijah’s spiritual need:
1 Kings 19:9-13
There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
a. From this passage we discover that God revealed himself to Elijah in a way that he had not revealed himself before.
It was either while he was sleeping or right after he awoke, Elijah was confronted by the LORD with a very specific question: What are you doing here, Elijah?:
1 Kings 19:9-10
There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.
b. Note how Elijah felt all-alone, as though he were the only person in the nation who was serving God.
Not responding to Elijah’s complaint, the LORD invited Elijah to come out of the cave and stand in His presence:
1 Kings 19:11-12
Once outside, three spectacular events rapidly occurred. “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper
Sometime after the spectacular events a new experience that Elijah had with the Lord, there was the quiet, gentle whisper of God’s voice in 1 Kings 19:12-13.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah was learning the great lesson that God reveals Himself in the greatest way by speaking to the heart of men and women.
3. God confirmed His call on Elijah’s prophetic ministry.
a) He renewed his call
1 Kings 19:15
Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram.
b) He gave him a new mission/assignment
1 Kings 19:15-16
When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. 16 Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi[b] to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.
c) He assured him that others would finish what he had started
1 Kings 19:17
Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha!
d) He told him that he was not alone in his desire to serve the Lord
1 Kings 19:18
Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”