Summary: NOTICE THREE THINGS: I. A THIRSTY PROPHET Vs. 7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
A BARREL A BOTTLE AND A BURDEN
BRO. JIM KEELING 4-7-04
NOTICE THREE THINGS:
I. A THIRSTY PROPHET
Vs. 7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
GOD HAD PROMISED TO SUSTAIN HIM!
II. A NEEDY WIDOW
Vs.10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there 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.
III. AN ALMOST EMPTY BARREL AND BOTTLE
Vs.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 I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
DID GOD PREPARE THE WIDOW FOR ELIJAH OR ELIJAH FOR THE WIDOW?
The barrel was almost empty, the widow was at the end of what she could do.
Yet we see her obedience, even in her own deep poverty. They were not just hungry, She and her son were at the point of death
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
It is time for God to do his work and to keep his promise.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
The barrel is a container it is useless when it is empty. God desires to fill us for his service.
The barrel is for flour or meal, to make bread?the staff of life!
1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
The bottle is for oil:
Oil had three principal uses among the Hebrews.
(1) To anoint the body so as to mollify the skin, heal injuries, and strengthen muscles.
(2) As we use butter, as food.
(3) To burn in lamps A Type of the Holy Spirit’s unction and illumination.
The supply of grace comes not from a dead reservoir of oil, but through living "olive trees."
Now look at:
13 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.
14 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.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20??.and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.