21 Kings 17:1Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."
4James 5:17 Why would Elijah pray such a prayer? Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.Why would Elijahpray such a prayer?
5Deuteronomy 11:16-17Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. 17 Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.
61 Kings 17:2-4 Protection from Ahab Preservation in the Famine The word of the LORD came to him, saying, 3 “Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4 It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.”Protection from AhabPreservation in the FaminePreparation of Faith
71 Kings 17:5-6So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook.
81 Kings 17:7-9It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
10Elijah is fed by a Gentile widow 7:1-7Elijah is fed by ravens7:8-16Elijah is fed by a Gentile widowIn both cases, Elijah is fed by that which was considered by the Jews to be unclean
111 Kings 17:10-11So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.” 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”
121 Kings 17:12But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
131 Kings 17:13-14Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. 14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.’”
141 Kings 17:15-16So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.
1517:1Concealmentby the brookCherithCommand to Elijah17:4Promise17:5Response: Faithful Obedience17:7Test: Dried-up brook17:8Concealmentin the land ofZarephathCommand to Widow Woman17:13Promise17:15Response: Faithful Obedience17:17Test: A lifeless son
161 Kings 17:17-18Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!”
171 Kings 17:19-20He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed. 20 He called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?”
181 Kings 17:21-22Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray You, let this child's life return to him.” 22 The LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived.
191 Kings 17:23-24Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.”
20Picture of a prophet who comes and… Messiah MotifPicture of a prophet who comes and…Asks a Gentile woman for a drinkFeeds the hungry with a miraculous supply of foodRises from the dead
211 Kings 18:1-2Now it happened after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.” 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.In chapter 17 Elijah had been told to hide himself. Now he is ordered to “show himself.” Each action required faith on his part.
221 Kings 18:3-4Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly; 4 for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)
23One Hundred Prophets One Prophet - Elijah Prophets of God A Prophet of GodThey had been hidden in a cave“He had been hidden by the brook Cherith and in a widow's home in ZarephathObadiah had provided for them bread and waterThe Lord had provided him with food and water
241 Kings 18:5-6Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys; perhaps we will find grass and keep the horses and mules alive, and not have to kill some of the cattle.” 6 So they divided the land between them to survey it; Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself.
25Ahab Obadiah Worshiped Baal Feared the Lord He was concerned about keeping horses and mules aliveHe had been concerned with hiding the prophets of the Lord
261 Kings 18:7-8Now as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him, and he recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is this you, Elijah my master?” 8 He said to him, “It is I. Go, say to your master, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’”
27ElijahObadiahWhen God told him to do something, he did it without question.When Elijah told him to call Ahab, he hesitated and questioned.He was a man of faith and courage.He was a man of fear, but ready to believe.
281 Kings 18:9-11He said, “What sin have I committed, that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab to put me to death? 10 As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made the kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you. 11 And now you are saying, ‘Go, say to your master, “Behold, Elijah is here.”’”
291 Kings 18:12-13“It will come about when I leave you that the Spirit of the LORD will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the LORD from my youth. 13 Has it not been told to my master what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, that I hid a hundred prophets of the LORD by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water?”
301 Kings 18:15-16Elijah said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
31Ahab:“Is this you, you troubler of Israel?”Elijah:“I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have”
32Ahab Elijah King of Israel Prophet of God A man of the world A man of the WordWalked independently of God in open rebellionWalked dependently on the Lord in humble submissionAngry and frustrated.Bold and effective.
331 Kings 18:17-19When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals. 19 Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.”
34So Ahab sent a message among all the sons of Israel and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel. (1 Kings 18:20)Carmel