God Takes Care of Elijah

I read about the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 17.  Only God, the Creator could get ravens to feed a man.  These birds brought bread and meat to the prophet Elijah twice a day in the morning and in the evening.

A raven is:

unclean for food (Leviticus 11:15)

solitary in habit

flesh eating

black

It was the first creature sent from the ark (Genesis 8:7).

Jesus spoke of how God cares for the ravens.  He said, “Consider the ravens, for they neigher sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them (Luke 12:24).  It is interesting that God chose ravens to care for Elijah.

God had a widow in Zarephath take care of Elijah too.  Zarephath is a town of Sidon.  Sidon is a Canaanite city 20 miles north of Tyre.  God used a Gentile to care for Elijah.  As I read about the widow of Zarephath, I remembered that Jesus spoke of her.  He said, “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah when the heaven was shut up three days and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow” (Luke 4:25, 26).

Jesus was illustrating His point that a prophet is not welcome in his own hometown.  God used unclean birds and a foreigner from Jezebel’s home territory to care for His servant, Elijah.  God sends help from unexpected sources sometimes.

This reminds me of the story of the Samaritan who helped the man who was robbed, beaten and left for dead.  His own people, the Jews did not lift a finger to help him but a Samaritan did.

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