Sunday 25 January 2015
- Jamiee Acraman
- Mountains of the Bible
- The slopes between the mountains
- Even though he was taken up in a chariot of fire, the Bible paints him as very human.
1 Kings 16:29-34
- It was a dark time in the Empire…
- Ahab and Jezebel started sacrificing babies to idols, including Baal (god of fertility)
1 Kings 17:1
- Elijah announces a great drought
- (a direct challenge against Baal)
The Upward Slope
1 Kings 17:2-6
- Elijah fed by ravens
- God uses the humble (unclean birds) to carry out His plans
- Elijah had to learn to depend upon God
1 Kings 17:7-24
- Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
- Elijah has to convince her to sacrifice before blessing could flow
- The first recording of a resurrection
1 Kings 18:1-15
- Elijah and Obadiah
- Elijah turns himself in. It was time (3 years later) to release the drought
- Obadiah was fearful, but did as he was told
1 Kings 18:16-40
- Elijah on Mount Carmel
- The test of the sacrifice of two bulls by fire. Hint: Yahweh wins!
- Elijah orders the people to slaughter the 450 prophets of Baal. By today’s standards, this might seem harsh, but think of them as the unredeemable Nazis of the day.
- (Today’s standards are influenced by the mercy and grace of Christ. Without Him, we humans are brutal.)
1 Kings 18:41-46
- Elijah prays for rain.
- It works
1 Kings 19:1-9
- Elijah flees to Horeb
- Jezebel was not pleased with the slaughter of her prophets, so she ordered his death.
- He got depressed.
1 Kings 19:10-18
- The Lord appears to Elijah
- He restores him
And what about you?
- Are you available to God?
- Are you depressed by circumstances?
- Are you being refreshed by the brook?
- Are you allowing God to feed you?
- Are you allowing space to listen to God?