God of the Underdogs - Part 1: "Faith in Famine"

Series: God of the Underdogs

Widows in the ancient world were extremely vulnerable figures. No social service network, no one to care for them when they lost their means for economic support. That’s why the prophets talk so much about widows and orphans and our need to care for them. Elijah the Prophet appears on the scene in 1 Kings 17 and encounters a widow, living amidst a drought, and down to her last meal – about the lowest you could go in the ancient world. God often comes into our lives precisely at our greatest moment of need. When the ego is riding high and confident, it rarely reaches out to God. It’s when the ego is knocked around, wounded and powerless, this is when God appears and asks us to give.   

Speaker: Sean O'Connell

July 28, 2022

Sean O'Connell

Associate Pastor

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God of the Underdogs

Part 1 – “Faith in Famine”

July 28 & 31

 

1 Kings 17:1

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

 

1 Kings 17:7-12

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

 

1 Kings 17:13-16

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

 

Lids lead to limits.

 

John 4:13-14

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

If lids lead to limits, then we gain by giving away!

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