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Bible Pathways - April 29, 2006

April 29, 2006

Read 1 Kings 19

In Today's Reading:

Jezebel's threat against Elijah; Elijah's flight; the call of Elisha; Ahab's death foretold

Apparently, Elijah believed that the miraculous fire from heaven and the end of the drought would prove Baal to be a false god, and it would result in Ahab and Jezebel's conversion to the One True God.

Ahab headed toward his palace to tell Jezebel what had happened. Responding immediately, Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went (ran) for his life (I Kings 19:2-3). Avoiding the ruthless Jezebel was not weakness but wisdom. However, feeling defeated and discouraged, he prayed: O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers (19:4).

There is no indication that Elijah contemplated suicide; he believed that God was the Creator and Lord of life and only He had the right to take life What he meant was: "I'm a failure. I have not achieved my mission, and there seems to be no hope of restoring the nation to worship You as the One True God." However, God lovingly provided for Elijah's physical needs by sending an angel to supply nourishment after his long journey (19:5-6). Often our mountaintop spiritual victories will be quickly followed by opposition or a time of desert testing.

When we stand before the Lord, each person's work shall be judged, not by how spectacular it was but by its true eternal worth. All of us have moments of disappointment when it seems we have failed. Often our estimation of what we should achieve and God's estimation are far apart. We are not called to be successful but to be available and to remain faithful to God (I Corinthians 1:9).

Although he did not know it, Elijah did accomplish what God wanted him to do. One of his great successes was that the leaders in Ahab's kingdom went home with a renewed conviction that The LORD, He is the God (I Kings 18:39). Elijah has given encouragement to millions of believers that: The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. . . . The LORD preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy (Psalm 145:18,20).

Word Studies:

19:8 Horeb = Mount Sinai; 19:14 jealous = zealous; 19:21 instruments = yokes; 20:11 harness = armor; 20:12 set yourselves in array = get ready to attack; 20:22 mark = take note; 20:24 rooms = positions.

Christ Portrayed:

By the unnamed prophet who prophesied victory to King Ahab so that he would know his victory was controlled by God: I am the Lord (I Kings 20:13,28). Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Government Officials: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Rep. Jim Ryun (KS), and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI) Country: Somalia (7 million) on the Horn of Africa · Major languages: Somali and Arabic · Islam is officially favored and all other religions are opposed · 99.8% Muslim; .1% Christian · Prayer Suggestion: Pray in faith and the Lord will answer (Mark 11:24).

Optional Reading: Romans 2

Memory Verse for the Week: I Kings 2:3

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