I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 173: 1 Kings 17-19

We begin with a great story of God's provision to Elijah. Ahab is currently king and is angering God even more than all the kings of Israel that went before him. Elijah tells Ahab he will get no rain and God sends Elijah to a ravine to await further instruction. While he's waiting, God lets him drink from a nearby brook and has ravens bring him bread and meat each day...how cool is that? When the brook dries up, he send him to a woman who will provide food and drink for him.

The woman is distraught and tells him that she only has enough flour and oil to make one last meal and then her and her son will have to starve to death. Elijah gives her confidence and tells her to make him some bread and then some for herself--there will always be enough flour and oil. Just as he says, for days on end there is always enough provisions for all 3 of them to eat. After a while, the lady's son gets ill and dies. She is naturally a little upset about this, but Elijah intercedes and God gives him his life back. The woman is in awe and realizes that he truly is a man of God.

God then sends Elijah for the ultimate showdown---God vs. Baal, Elijah vs. Ahab. They each make an altar and prepare an animal for sacrifice. Ahaband his people cry out for Baal to light the altar on fire for hours and hours=nothing. Elijah then covers his altar with boo-koodles of water and asks God to show his glory=complete incineration.

Jezebel (wife of Ahab) threatens Elijah so he flees. An angel renews his strength with food, water and rest, but he still feels inadequate as he is the only prophet of God left. God personally comes to him, renewing his strength and gives him a plan for new leaders and a successor/protege.

What an amazing testimony to God's provision. Even the most "holy" of men get down on themselves and doubt their purpose... this was such a great encouragement to me!

1 comment:

  1. Elijah & the prophets of Baal...my favorite story!! Especially when the prophets are leaping about, trying to get Baal to send fire. Elijah taunts them, "Cry aloud for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened." (Some versions translate "busy" as in the bathroom.) Then they escalated to cutting themselves with knives and lances. Then one of the saddest testaments to idol worship, "But there was no voice, no one answered, no one paid attention."