Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Wednesday prior to Proper 27


1 Kings 17:8-16–The sacrifices of God – a sacrifice of obedience. At first Elijah was fed by ravens. Sometime 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.” (Vv. 7-9)

Elijah saw the flow of the brook slow down until it dried up. His source of water was gone. There may very well be different kinds of drying brooks we might experience:

· The drying brook of popularity, ebbing away as from John the Baptist.

· The drying brook of health, sinking under a creeping paralysis, or a slow consumption.

· The drying brook of money, slowly dwindling before the demands of sickness, bad debts, or other people’s extravagance.

· The drying brook of friendship, which for long has been diminishing, and threatens soon to cease.

Why does God let them dry? He wants to teach us not to trust in His gifts but in Himself. He wants to drain us of self.[2]

There a widow feeds Elijah out of her minimum supplies for many days because the supply of oil and meal was never exhausted. The setting is the northern kingdom of the 9th Century with Ahab as king and Elijah as prophet. Because of Israel’s faithfulness, Elijah calls down a drought which lasts three years. When the brook dries up, God sends Elijah to a widow in Zarephath for food and drink lest he starve. However, the widow and her son are also dying of starvation. They have a tiny amount for a last meal before dying. Elijah commands her to give food to him and promises that the meal and oil will not fail. True to his word, each day there was enough for one more meal. The Lord preserves His prophet and is faithful to His Word.


O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; [3] -03 November 2021

[1] Elijah is fed by ravens Schnorr Von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use

[3] A collect for trust, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

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