7 June 20101 Kings 17:1-6
"You shall drink from the wadi and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." (v.4)
In this story the prophet Elijah, believed by some to be the
greatest of all the Old Testament prophets, is saved by God. Elijah
lived in dangerous times. King Ahab ruled the northern kingdom of
Israel and worshiped the false god Baal. We learn in the few verses
before today's reading that "Ahab did more to provoke the anger of
the Lord, the God of Israel, than had all the kings of Israel who
were before him" (1 Kings 16:33).
Furthermore, Ahab is married to Jezebel. Even today to call someone a 'Jezebel' would be a terrible accusation suggesting sexual immorality, cruelty, vindictiveness, betrayal or deceitfulness. Ahab and Jezebel were not a nice couple! Elijah had the unenviable task of warning Ahab that there would be a drought. No rain would mean the crops would fail, animals would die and people would starve.
However, God's chosen messenger, the prophet Elijah, is saved from both famine and persecution. God speaks to Elijah and guides him on a journey to the other side of the River Jordan. The wadi (a stream) provides him with drinking water and the ravens bring him bread and meat, morning and evening. The living God is a god of all creation and Elijah lives to tell another tale
Think of the ways in which we experience the living God through God's creation. What are your experiences of this?
In today's world lack of water is causing increasing tensions and concerns. Does it make any sense to presume that God will provide? Why?