1 Kings 17: God’s Provision
God always fulfills His promises, and He always accomplishes His purposes. Previously, God had promised the Israelites that He would make the “sky like iron” and the “earth like bronze”, if they disobeyed Him and went after idols (Lev. 26:18–19; Deut. 11:16–17; 28:23–24). Israel, through the influence of Jezebel, began replacing the worship of the LORD with the worship of Baal (1 Kings 16:31). Elijah the prophet knew the Scriptures and predicted a drought would come, exclaiming to king Ahab,
As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word. (1 Kings 17:1)
Further, in 1 Kings 17, in stories that closely resemble the ministries of Jesus, God demonstrates His power and provision by providing food where there had been none, and life where it had been lost (1 Kings 17:8–24; see also Matthew 14:13–21, Luke 7:11–17). The LORD is living and His Word is true. We can take great comfort knowing that the LORD accomplishes all that He sets out to do. We can rest in His promises. So let us cling to Him, knowing that He is our source of spiritual nourishment and life.
This teaching is based on Ken Boa’s Handbook to Scripture.
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