God of the Underdogs - Part 3: "When God is Silent"

Series: God of the Underdogs

Elijah is in big trouble! Queen Jezebel is not happy that Elijah has shown up all her priests on Mt. Carmel and has vowed to kill our protagonist prophet. Elijah is on the run and must have been thinking: "What?!? That was not how it was supposed to go!" Elijah flees for 40 days and nights to the place where it all started for the People of Israel - Mt. Horeb (Mt. Sinai). When we are on the run and in trouble, we often head back home. God asks Elijah twice: "What are you doing, here?". - God speaks in the silence to us by saying: "You can't go back", but also, "I'm here in the present, renewing all things". 

Speaker: Sean O'Connell

August 11, 2022

Sean O'Connell

Associate Pastor

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God of the Underdogs

Part 3 – “When God is Silent”

August 11 & 14

 

1 Kings 19:3-5

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

 

What are you doing here?

 

1 Kings 19:5-6

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

 

1 Kings 19:7-9

The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

 

1 Kings 19:9-10

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

 

1 Kings 19:11-13

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

 

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 

1 Kings 19:14

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

 

 

 1 Kings 19:15-17

The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.

 

 

What are you doing here, _____________?

 

 

Matthew 26:36-39

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

 

Matthew 26:42
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

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