Summary: This message focused in on Elijah at Zarephath which was literally right under the nose of the Baal worshippers. God sustained the prophet in enemy territory.

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03 Living In Baal’s Backyard

TEXT: 1 Kings 17:8-16

1 Kings 17:8-16 KJV And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, [9] Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. [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. [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. [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. [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. [15] And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. [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.


-We pick up with our man Elijah leaving the brook Cherith because it dried up. The ravens quit bringing him food and the famine has caught up with the creek that God had parked Elijah beside. If you use your imagination, it probably would lead us to think that Elijah was alarmed, worried, and distressed at this new turn of events.

James 5:17 KJV Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are. . .

-Despite that we do not find that Elijah said anything against God or his circumstances.

• He was silent before God.

• He waited in faith.

• He prayed in faith.

• He crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts in faith.

-Live in faith and rest in faith knowing the hand of God is at work!

-But with every brook that dries up, the righteous will hear the voice of God. . . the word of the Lord came unto him, saying. . . When God closes doors He generally opens up another door that is clear to us where we should go. Hindrances and obstacles are ways that God moves us forward.

-Just for a short detour, the book of Acts adds some principles about when course-changing decisions in life. This is just before Paul is about to experience his last recorded shipwreck. Paul had advised them not to sail but they refused to take his advice and it ended up detrimental for the ship although no life was lost.

Acts 27:13 KJV And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

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