Warning Signs | Don't Reject the Heavenly Voice, Day 3
1 Kings 17:1-7
God demonstrates His strength and sufficiency when we are weak and He is all we have.
Verse of the Day
'Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. ' Hebrews 12:28 NKJV
What is the best survival story you have ever heard?
What makes survival stories compelling? What aspects of these stories create intrigue and tension?
Stories of survival are often compelling due to the desperate circumstances of those involved. Often, these stories include individuals facing a seemingly impossible situation, but they somehow make it through alive. These stories both inspire and challenge us to consider the way we live on a daily basis.
Our study today will look at Elijah, who appeared to be stranded and without resources. Rather than his own ingenuity or self-determination, it was God’s provision that saved Elijah. We will see how God used Elijah’s time of isolation to both prepare and strengthen Elijah for what was yet ahead.
Read 1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word. 1 Kings 17:1
When you visualize Israel, how would you describe the weather conditions and terrain?
What do you know about Elijah?
How would you describe Elijah when he made this declaration to the king?
What do you think the king thought when he heard this word?
King Ahab was married to Jezebel, the daughter of the king of Tyre, which was part of Phoenicia.
The people of Phoenicia worshiped a god named “Baal” as a storm-god who brought rain/fertility.
Read 1 Kings 17:2-3
2Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3"Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 1 Kings 17:2-3
Knowing the background of the story, how would you describe Elijah’s demeanor at the end of verse 1?
What three verbs did God use in verse 3? Why do you think God gave Elijah these three commands?
How would you contrast Elijah’s boldness in verse 1 with his hiding in verse 3?
Read 1 Kings 17:4-6
4You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there." 5So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:4-6
God had the ravens bring Elijah bread and meat in the morning and the evening. What does this say about God’s sovereignty?
Ravens are considered “unclean” and “voracious”. Voracious: wanting or devouring great quantities of food.
How does this story remind of Jesus’ prayer for God to “give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11)?
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Matthew 6:31-32
Why does it matter that Elijah said and “did according to the word of the Lord”? Why does this matter for us?
“According to (God’s) word” signifies an expected standard.
Read 1 Kings 17:7
Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 1 Kings 17:7
Why do you think God led Elijah to this particular location, knowing that the one source of water would eventually run dry?
13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:13-15 NIV
Do you think God intentionally led Elijah into a situation where all that the prophet had was God? If so, why would He do that?
Does God ever lead us to a place or allow us to get into a situation where we have to depend utterly on Him? Why does He do that?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
How does going through a time of hardship or desperation cause us to depend on God? What happens to our faith when God provides in our time of deepest need?
Read Psalm 121
How does God receive glory by being our Provider?