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Summary: Review of last week 1. The Prophet Elijah is a type of Christ (for the O.T.) 2. The Lord gave to Elijah a great Passion for God 3. The Lord gave to Elijah authority for his calling 4. The Lord gave to Elijah rest by meeting his needs for food and wate

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Review of last week

1. The Prophet Elijah is a type of Christ (for the O.T.)

2. The Lord gave to Elijah a great Passion for God

3. The Lord gave to Elijah authority for his calling

4. The Lord gave to Elijah rest by meeting his needs for food and water

Text: I Kings 17: 8 through 16

Prayer:

Folks, God is in this house. He is here for you to worship. He is here to meet your needs.

At the close of this service, we will open these altars for prayer and ministry.

This morning’s story may seem (to some of us) a bit dramatic. It may be difficult for some of us to relate to:

· A man that has just came to town after having been fed by the birds. He is probably in need of a bath and some fresh clothes.

· A woman that admittedly is ready to die with her son with her last meal of bread and water.

This may be difficult for you to relate to, but in reality we have seen, or heard of, situations just like this. Many of our parents have told us of days (like our story taking place) during the years of the Great Depression.

Many of us can remember a few years ago the news reels of the devastation taking place in countries like Somolia and Haiti. War torn communities that were controlled by renegade bands of drug lords.

I can remember the criminals riding around in jeeps with machine guns and grenades reeking havoc on innocent women and children.

The Bible is accurate with it’s stories of the devastation of sin and disbelief. The results of sin will always be:

· chaos and confusion

· starvation and hopelessness

· violence and bloodshed

· desperate people living without God

Here we have a widow and her son at the gates of the city scrounging two sticks to cook their last meal.

A “handful of meal and a little oil”, is all they have left.

Last week we found that with the Passion of God, God will call you to do the unexpected.

Whereas in today’s text, we can readily see that God will take His Passion and create in you your own COMPASSION for His children.

I don’t know that Elijah was expecting anything more than to find that someone that would be meeting his own needs. I don’t think Elijah expected to find someone that was more hungry or more thirsty than himself.

Oftentimes, in our day to day rush of life, we become absorbed with our needs more than the legitimate needs of others.

Certainly Jesus knew this would be the case for you and I. He told us in John 13:34-35

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Church, we must realize the ravages and consequences of sin is not a pretty sight. There are those who are spiritually helpless and in need of God.

There are even those who are struggling to make ends meet.

The woman of Zarephath wasn’t necessarily looking for help from anyone. But somehow she knew Elijah was a man of God. In her own desperation, she saw the salvation of the Lord in Elijah.

She knew Elijah had been sent to save her.

Perhaps she had heard the stories of the children of God and their abilities to deal with the impossible.


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