Summary: There is much eveidence of the love of the Lord for his people in His provision for them - The Divine Supply was not only for the Biblical characters, but is our today.
THE DIVINE SUPPLY
• (NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
• (BBE) And my God will give you all you have need of from the wealth of his glory in Christ Jesus.
• (DBY) But my God shall abundantly supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
• (WEY) But my God—so great is His wealth of glory in Christ Jesus—will fully supply every need of yours.
[(literally) fill to the full]
THE DIVINE SUPPLY
I. THE DIVINE SUPPLY IN THE WILDERNESS
a) A MIRACLE OF THE SUPERNATURAL
Nehemiah 9:15 In their hunger you gave them bread from heaven and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock; you told them to go in and take possession of the land you had sworn with uplifted hand to give them.
b) A MIRACLE OF DURABILITY
Deuteronomy 8:3&4 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
II. THE DIVINE SUPPLY FOR ELIJAH
a) BY THE BROOK
I Kings 17:3-6 "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there." 5 So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.
b) THROUGH THE WIDOW
I Kings 17: 8-16 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" 11 As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread." 12 "As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it— and die." 13 Elijah said to her, "Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’" 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
c) THROUGH AN ANGEL
I Kings 19:4-8 Elijah . . . prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." 5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." 6 He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he travelled for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
III. THE DIVINE SUPPLY FOR PETER
a) THROUGH NATURE
Matthew 17: 27 "But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours."