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Summary: We are starting with the beginning of Elijah’s ministry this morning. Elijah begins by delivering a word from God to the worst King that has ever been for the children of Israel, King Ahab.

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Sunday Morning 4-17-10

1 Kings 17: 7-23

2 Kings 1:8

Matthew 3:4

“A New Breed For A New Time”

We are starting with the beginning of Elijah’s ministry this morning. Elijah begins by delivering a word from God to the worst King that has ever been for the children of Israel, King Ahab.

Before King Ahab came into the scene, the Israelites were ruled by Solomon who was a wise man. He built a Kingdom and became very wealthy. He was visited by QUEEN SHEBA one day and she was flattered by his accomplishments. Its believed that she visited Solomon to negotiate business matters. After he answered all the questions, she gave King Solomon over 4 tons of gold, she gave him large quantities of spices, she gave him large amounts of stones and beautiful woods.

King Solomon built a tabernacle for the Lord with this gold, stone and wood, he also built him a palace with it as well. Solomon life style had changed, he became worldly and bowed into the political pressures of his day. His expensive pocket book filtered down to the citizens and a heavy tax burden was now lying in their lap.

The Israelite’s future vision has now faded away and the unity of the people has now split. What was once a spiritual nation has been ruined by lavish living and temptations of the ungodly Politicians.

The Israelite’s become two different nations and after Solomon’s death, between the two they have at least 39 different rulers who come to the table for leading them.

Now is when we pick up with Elijah delivering a word from God.

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God is now turning to a new breed of men to do his work. The Kings has failed and scattered his people so its time to turn the page and try something different.

Elijah the PROPEHT, is where God has turned for help.

Elijah is quiet different than Solomon and all the other Kings who were rulers. Their fine living, dinning and activates is why God has turned to a new breed of people like Elijah.

THE DRESS CODE OF ELIJAH ---- 2 Kings 1:8 ---- They relied, He was a man with a garment of hair and with a leather belt around his waist, The Kings said , That was Elijah the Tishbite.

He did not wear fine lining like Solomon.

When God sent Elijah to deliver the word to King Ahab, he told him there would not be any rain upon the land for three years. After this he sent Elijah away to hide in the Kerith Ravine. Elijah was what we call a mountain man, he lives off the land, he dresses from the land, he is a sole survivor of the land.

I suppose Elijah was the wildest of all the prophets as he dranked from the streams, eat food from the birds mouth, he begged for food as he needed, he lived in the wilderness. What Elijah did learn from all this is a tremendous faith in God.

After the streams dry up, God sends Elijah to another unlikely place for survival, he sends him to a widow woman and her son who only has enough food and oil for one more meal before they are completely out and prepared to die. As well I remind you that this widow woman lives in the territory of Jezebel who has ordered all the prophets to be killed.


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