Wk 5 Elijah;
When Courage Runs Out
1 Kings 18-19
2 Kings 2:11
As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
The Battle at Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-46)
1 Kings 18:19
Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
1 Kings 18:36-39
At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.”
1 Kings 19:1-4
Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers
God Knows our Needs
1 Kings 19:5-7
He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.”
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
1 Kings 19:8-9
So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God. Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him,
1 Kings 19:9-10
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
God is Gentle and Direct
1 Kings 19:11a
So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by!
1 Kings 19:11b-12
And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire;
1 Kings 19:12-13
and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:14
Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts;
1 Kings 19:14
…for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
God is not finished with Elijah, or us just yet.
1 Kings 19:15-18
The LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. It shall come about, the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall put to death. Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God is Not Done and You are Not on Your Own
Small Group Questions:
- Read 1 Kings 18:36-39, after a miraculous work of God often trials hit and often hit hard. Why do you think that is so? Do you fault Elijah for running away? Why or why not?
- Read 1 Kings 19:5-7, what do you think was the purpose of the angel of the Lord visiting twice? God seems very sympathetic with Elijah even after a very tough time for him. Can you recall a situation where God was very sympathetic in a tough patch in your life?
- Read 1 Kings 19:8-14, why do you think we feel so alone at times even though we know God is with us? What would you have done if you were Elijah? Why is it so hard to wait for God’s timing?
- This week’s scripture tells us the importance of rest. How much of a priority is rest in your life right now? How does it compare to 20 years ago? Do you often find God more when you’re frantic and moving or at rest or both?
- Read Psalm 103: 13-14, knowing that we’re all just a frame of dust, does this help us help have compassion for others who we disagree with extremely?
- If God was more predictable do you think that would help or hurt people that are following Him?
- Do our desires ever line up with His will? How can we tell which is which?