Mountains, Part II

Sunday 25 January 2015

  • Jamiee Acraman
  • Mountains of the Bible

Elijah

  • The slopes between the mountains
  • Even though he was taken up in a chariot of fire, the Bible paints him as very human.

The Introduction

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

The Highs

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

The Lows

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?

  1. Are you available to God?
  2. Are you depressed by circumstances?
  3. Are you being refreshed by the brook?
  4. Are you allowing God to feed you?
  5. Are you allowing space to listen to God?
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