Summary: There are times when we are afraid • When circumstances appear hopeless. • When there seems to be no way out.
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
July 7, 2013
What’s in your barrel?
Intro: story/prophet Elijah/fascinating account/power/God/action.
• We thrill/hear/Elijah standing tall before King Ahab
• The priest of Baal and wayward people of Israel.
• How he prayed and the fire of God fell from Heaven.
Let me remind you/some/events/special day on Mt. Carmel.
• Nation/Israel had turned their backs on the Lord.
• They followed the god Baal
• The deity worshipped by King Ahab’s Queen, Jezebel.
• Mt. Carmel, Elijah challenged/450 priests/Baal/showdown
Elijah said, call on your god, I’ll call on the name of the Lord.
• God/answered by fire would be/God /Israel.
• The people/king/priests of Baal agreed.
• The showdown commenced.
• Priests of Baal prayed all day/nothing happened.
• Baal did not answer. No fire fell.
• Priests of Baal gave up in frustration.
• It was Elijah’s turn to call on the Lord God Almighty.
In preparation for his prayer Elijah:
• gave a command/trench/dug around/altar
• Twelve barrels water/poured over/sacrifice/wood/the altar.
When this was done, Elijah stepped up, prayed a short prayer, and the fire of God fell on the mountain.
1 Kings 18:38-39 says, “Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.” “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”
Elijah/seized/priests/Baal/brook/Kishon/killed all 450 of them.
• This was a mighty display of the power of God.
• Elijah was the conduit through which power flowed that day.
• He was God’s man, doing God’s work, in a big way.
But, it wasn’t always that way!
• Elijah did not just wake up that morning and head to that mountain to do what he did.
• Elijah wound up on that mountain because he had been prepared through a series of hopeless situations.
Again and again
• God placed/prophet/circumstances/were beyond his power.
• God proved/He/greater than everything Elijah was called on to face.
Notice how God worked in Elijah’s life.
• God called Elijah/stand before Ahab
• Pronounce a sentence/divine judgment on/nation of Israel.
• Elijah’s message/not rain until he said it would.
• And it didn’t!
God then sent Elijah to dwell beside an isolated stream in the wilderness.
• At that stream, God fed Elijah every morning and night with bread and meat carried to him on the wings of ravens.
• When the brook went dry
• from the very lack of rain Elijah prophesied
• God sent Elijah/place called Zarephath/be fed/home/widow.
• While there, God sent them a miraculous supply of food.
• While he was there the widow’s son died.
• God used Elijah to raise the dead boy back to life.