I Kings 17
Israel was in a state of sin. They had had some kings that took them down the wrong path.
Jeroboam had made golden calves and instructed them to worship them (I Kings 12:26-33),
Omri, a king later down the line, did worse than all that were before him. His son Ahab was king
next, and the Bible says he did worse than all that were before him. (I Kings 16:30, 33)
It was to this wicked king that God sent his prophet Elijah.
It takes courage to be God’s prophet. Sometimes He may send you to people who hate Him
with a message they don’t want to hear. They probably won’t like you, and may even want to
harm you. Of course, He may also send you to people who love Him and wiIl be glad to hear His
Elijah went right in to King Ahab, who did not worship the One True God, and said,”… As the
Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but
according to my word.”
Whether Ahab laughed or got immediately angry, the Bible does not tell us. But we do know
that after time passed and just like Elijah said, there wasn’t dew or rain, he sent out people-to
Elijah was not to be found though. After he left Ahab’s presence God told him to hide by the
brook Cherith. God knew Ahab would come looking for him.
For many days Elijah hid out by the brook. He saw the parched land getting drier and drier more
plants died. He didn’t go out hunting for food, there probably wouldn’t have been much to find
anyway. God took care of Him. He commanded ravens to bring him food every morning and
every evening. Of course Elijah had lots of water to drink from the brook. One day Elijah noticed
there wasn’t as much water flowing in the brook. He watched as the water leve lower and lower. What do you think he did all day?
“And it came to pass after awhile, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in
the land.”( I Kings 17:7)
“And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which
belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to
sustain thee.” Elijah was use to obeying God, so he got up and went to Zarephath. God didn’t
tell him whose house to go to. There was more than one widow as Elijah probably would have
guessed there would be, but when he got there 17:1 tells us what he saw, “… And when he
came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was gathering of sticks: and he called to
her and said, Fetch me, I pray thee,a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.”
The woman took compassion on him and immediately went to get him a drink of water. Elijah
made one more small request, v. 11″And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her and said,
Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.”
This last seemingly small request wa:s actually a lot to ask. If she did this, she would have to give
everything she had for food to Elijah. Could she trust what he said and give everything? Let’s
see, v.12 “and she said, As the lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a
barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and behold, I am gathering two sticks, that f may go in and
dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
V.13 & 14 “And Elijah said unto her, Fear not, go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof
a little cake first and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith
the lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail until
the day that the lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
So Elijah lived in the loft of her house and every day they had food to eat because God
miraculously refilled the meal and oil for these two people of faith that trusted and obeyed
We don’t know what they talked about or what they did to fill their days, but we do know
about one day in their lives. The woman’s son became very ill and died. Elijah took him from her and brought him up intothe loft and laid him on his (Elijah’s) bed. Then he cried unto the lord and stretched himself on the boy and asked God to bring him back to life. God did another miracle that day and restored the son back to life.
While these two were witnessing these great miracles of God, the land was still suffering with a
great drought, when would it end? You may wait for the next post to find the answer, or you
may read it for yourself in I Kings 18.