11/11/18 – “Dominus Providebit; God Will Provide”

Posted on : Nov 12th, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Howard Fauntroy as our worship leader and preacher.  Howard is a wonderful, insightful preacher and bible study leader.  We are so blessed to have him as a member or our church, a member of our Church Council and our guest worship leader this Sunday.

Howard’s sermon is based on a very interesting story in scripture.  The prophet Elijah is “on the run” fearing for his life.  Not every message a prophet offered was well received!  Elijah dared to challenge the peoples “pagan gods” or as #45 would say, “Fake Gods!”  After putting the Gods of Baal and the God of Israel to a test, Elijah’s God came through, but that only made things worse for Elijah. 

The country was in the midst of a horrible drought and famine.  Everything and everyone was dying.  Elijah is about to “give up” on God and himself.  Then God sends him to a widow who has a young son with a message that if the woman feeds Elijah, God will provide, and she will survive.  When Elijah meets the widow of Zarephath he presents to her this promise from God.

The widow is about to use the last tiny bit of ground meal and oil that she has, to bake a small portion of bread which she intended to use to feed her son and her.  She knows she and her son will die of starvation after that last meal.  Elijah appears to her and asks her first to bake him the bread (biscuit) and then promises her that if she does this, God will provide her with enough meal and oil to last through the duration of the drought.

What would you do if you were that mother?  Would you give the last morsel of food that you have to a stranger, with the promise that if you do, you will have enough food to sustain you or would you keep the food for your child and yourself?

Come and hear Howard’s thoughts on this story on Sunday!

I am on study leave this week preparing our worship services for Christmas through Easter.  Please keep me in your prayers.

Blessings,

Dan

I Kings 17: 8-16

In the midst of a deadly drought, Elijah asks a widow with a child for food and drink

Eventually the brook dried up because of the drought. Then God spoke to Elijah: “Get up and go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I’ve instructed a woman who lives there, a widow, to feed you.”

So Elijah got up and went to Zarephath. As he came to the entrance of the village he met a woman, a widow, gathering firewood. He asked her, “Please, would you bring me a little water in a jug? I need a drink.” As she went to get it, he called out, “And while you’re at it, would you bring me something to eat?”

She said, “I swear, as surely as your God lives, I don’t have so much as a biscuit. I have a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a bottle; you found me scratching together just enough firewood to make a last meal for my son and me. After we eat it, we’ll die.”

Elijah said to her, “Don’t worry about a thing. Go ahead and do what you’ve said. But first make a small biscuit for me and bring it back here. Then go ahead and make a meal from what’s left for you and your son. This is the word of the God of Israel: ‘The jar of flour will not run out and the bottle of oil will not become empty before God sends rain on the land and ends this drought.’”

And she went right off and did it, did just as Elijah asked. And it turned out as Elijah said—daily food for her and her family. The jar of meal didn’t run out and the bottle of oil didn’t become empty: God’s promise fulfilled to the letter, exactly as Elijah had delivered it!

The Message  by Eugene H. Peterson.  Copyright ©, 2002

 

 

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