1 KINGS 17

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1 Kings 17:17-24

PROPHET UNDER PRESSURE

 

Elijah the prophet had made a proclamation to King Ahab that it would not rain. Vs. 1

God hid Elijah by Brook Cherith and provided for his needs there. Vss. 2-6

When the brook dried up, God provided for his needs through a poor widow. Vss. 7-16

 

HE WAS ACCUSED DURING TROUBLE – Vss. 17-18

A distraught mother got on Elijah’s case.

 

HE ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY – Vs. 19

Elijah didn’t argue or accuse back, he simply took responsibility for the problem.

 

HE ASKED FOR GOD’S HELP – Vss. 20-22

Elijah cried out to God, getting personally involved with the problem.

God gave life back to the child.

 

HE ANSWERED THE ACCUSATION – Vss. 23-34

Elijah presented the son back alive.

The widow acknowledged that Elijah was indeed God’s prophet.

 

 

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1 Kings 17

TESTED!

 

One thing we can count on as Christians is tests and trials. Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 1 Corinthians 10:13

All of God's saints have been tested, including the great Prophet Elijah. Consider the tests that he faced in just one chapter of the Bible!

 

TESTED BY A DECLARATION TO A HOSTILE CROWD - Vs. 1

Ahab and Jezebel were wicked people (See 1 Kings 16:29-33).

They were not true followers of the God of Israel.

For Elijah to walk up to them and make a declaration that it wasn't going to rain until he said so, was quite a test of bravery and trust in God.

 

TESTED BY A DEPARTURE TO A DESOLATE PLACE - Vss. 2-7

Because of the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel, Elijah had to hide.  God sent him to a solitary place where a brook provided his drink and his food was delivered by the Ravens.  This was a test of Elijah's willingness to accept what God would provide in the way of food without complaint.

 

TESTED BY DEPENDENCE ON A POOR WIDOW - Vss. 8-16

Elijah had to trust in the provision of God through a woman who was almost as poor as he was.

The woman had nothing but a little flour and a little oil, yet because she and Elijah were both obedient they had food during the whole draught.

 

TESTED BY DEATH OF THE WIDOW'S SON - Vss. 17-24

This was the biggest test of all, but Elijah passed the test!  Through faith and prayer the dead boy was restored to life.

 

 

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1 Kings 17:1-24

THE CARED-FOR SERVANT

 

Elijah was a servant of God who teaches us that God will meet the needs of those whom He calls.

Elijah was called to go into the hostile court of Ahab and Jezebel and proclaim a draught in the name of the Lord.

 

GOD MET THE NEED FOR SAFETY Vss. 2-3

 

GOD MET THE NEED FOR SUPPLIES Vss. 4-16

 

GOD MET THE NEED FOR STANDING (Testimony) Vss. 17-24

  Through no fault of his own, Elijah's testimony was at stake.

  God took care of the need through the supernatural.

 

 

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1 Kings 17:1

A CHOICE SERVANT

 

This morning a number of choice servants of God got up early, picked up buses, and went out to bring children and adults to Sunday School.

This afternoon, there were choice servants of God conducting services in nursing homes. During this week there will be choice servants of God working in rescue missions, adult homes, youth groups, Good News Clubs, and a host of other ministries.  There also will be choice servants of God doing construction, repairing buildings used for ministry, mowing lawns, nursing the sick, and running errands.  All this will be done for the glory of God!

 

People make the mistake of thinking that the only choice servants of God are those who are in full time Christian service of some sort. This is a wrong assumption.

 

A CHOICE SERVANT OF GOD IS SIMPLY A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN WHO IS DOING THE WILL OF GOD.

 

If you are a born again Christian, you are a servant of God. 1 Peter 1:15-16, Titus 3:8.

 

One choice servant of God who can be a good model for us is the prophet Elijah.  He was not perfect. 1 Kings 19 tells of  his "burn out" in ministry. James 5:17a tells us "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are..." Elijah was very human.

 

Here are some things about Elijah that we can imitate.

 

ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF GOD

He appears in Israel during wicked times, when Ahab and Jezebel were ruling. See 1 Kings 16:29-33. He enters the royal court of Israel, showing that he is a man of God.

 

1. His Profession - "As the Lord God of Israel liveth..."

Though his idolatry and lack of faith in the living God, Ahab was acting like God was dead.  Elijah proclaimed that God is alive!

In an age when people are acting like God is dead, we are to proclaim that He is very much alive!

 

2. His Position - "...before whom I stand..."

Elijah stood in relationship to God as a believer.

Elijah stood in fellowship with God. He had good communication.

As Christians we stand in relationship (John 1:12), and should stand in fellowship with God (Ephesians 6:18).

 

3. His Prayers - James 5:17

Elijah was known as a man of prayer.

According this verse, the whole draught was a result of God answering Elijah's prayer. He was probably basing his prayer on Deuteronomy 11:16-17.

 

ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF GOD ON A MISSION FOR GOD

Someone had to tell King Ahab that the draught was coming. Elijah was sent into the hostile court with that message. We today might not think of ourselves on a mission for God, but every time we do His will, we are on a mission for Him. Teaching Sunday School, confronting a fellow believer, bearing the burdens of a fellow believer, doing good works, witnessing, and a host of other things are missions for God.

 

ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF GOD ON A MISSION FOR GOD WITH A MESSAGE FROM GOD.

When Elijah announced the draught, he was delivering a message from God.  When we deliver messages of warning, comfort, salvation, teaching, or encouragement under the direction of God's Holy Spirit, we are speaking for God.

 

ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF GOD ON A MISSION FOR GOD WITH A MESSAGE FROM GOD WITH MIGHT THROUGH GOD.

Elijah went in God's power, not his own.

We should do the same.  Philippians 4:13, Colossians 1:10-13

 

 

 

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