1. Elijah is sent by God to the widow at Zarepath.
Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 1 Kings 17:7-9
So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
1 Kings 17:10-11
He leaves the brook and departs for Zarepath.
• You may be experiencing a shift in your life—a new season—a time for some things to end or a time for a new beginning?
God sends him to Zarapath in Sidon, a very evil place!
• How will we win those in tough places if we are not willing to go to those places?
“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 1 King 17:12
• Gods plan does not always look like I think it should look!
• Be patient and wait for God’s plan to unfold.
Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:13-16
• Obedience is the first step of faith!
• Obedience comes before blessing.
Two kinds of miracles:
• Abundant miracle, “pressed down shaken together.”
• The “just enough” miracle