2016/05/29 Christ Church, Mountain Top (Memorial Day weekend)
Call to Worship, Psalm 30
Children, 1 Kings 17.1-7
Message, 1 Kings 17.8-24
Richness of the story in itself, e.g.
Elijah’s audacious request of the widow
Her unknown reasoning for complying
What the hell?
We’re going to die anyway
It is the LORD God of Israel who has withheld the rain, this is my chance to LIVE
“I have commanded a widow to feed you” – Did she know in advance? (Ephrem the Syrian, ACCS OT V, 104)
Echoes of Moses:
Battle with the gods of Egypt (Leithart, 127), as plagues/Moses
Baal the sky god, sender of the rain
“When there is drought, it is presumed that death … has been victorious and that Baal is dead” (Seow, 126)
Echoes in later Scripture:
Amos 8:11-12 The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.
“Famine of hearing the word of the LORD” enacted by Elijah leaving Israel for brook Cherith (Leithart, 126).