Lessons from Elijah
Elisha And Elijah Raised The Dead
Today I learned something. Elijah brought back the widow's son from the dead in 1 Kings 17:17-24 and in 2 Kings 4, Elisha did the same thing! I'd confused the two scriptures before.
What's cool in this scripture is that Elijah told the widow to bring food to HIM first and that there would be enough for her and her son to last throughout the drought. The woman had next to nothing - just enough to make one final meal for her and her son and then die. Can you imagine being down to your very last morsel and a stranger shows up at the gate of your city, calls out to you, and asks for water at a time where there is a drought? That was this widow's situation. But she did it - she gave him some water. But then Elijah went a step too far and asked for a meal.
Do Not Fear
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ” - 1 Kings 17:13 - 14
I like how Elijah tells her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ” She chooses to trust him and God fulfilled His Word.
The Widow Trust Elijah and Elijah Trusted God
Then when her son died, she was able to trust Elijah to bring him back from the dead.
She started with something small (trusting that if she fed Elijah first she would have enough food for her and her son until the drought ended), though it really wasn't small, just small by comparison and then she was able to trust Elijah with something big (bringing her son back from the dead).
She also didn't do like the Shunnamite woman who said "all is well" when she discovered that her son was dead.
This Zarephath woman thought her son died because of sin. Yet, still she brought her son to Elijah. She had faith enough to trust that he could do something, otherwise she wouldn't have brought her son to him.
But it was Elijah's faith and trust in God, that actually brought him back. Elijah had to lay on him 3 times before he came back to life. What if Elijah had only laid on him once and then decided that it didn't work? Her son would have stayed dead. But Elijah kept his faith on the field. He continued to trust God and God responded. Maybe the first two times he laid on the boy, life was being restored and Elijah just wasn't able to see it yet. The Bible doesn't say Elijah became frustrated or began to doubt. Elijah just contined to pray to God. The same prayer, 3 times: "I pray You, let this child's soul come back into him".
Today We Have Jesus
Today, I don't need Elijah because I have Jesus. And I have been authorized to use Jesus' Name in 2 ways.
1) When I find myself in a position of lack, such as the Zarephath woman, or in a position of needing healing, such as her son, I am able to use the Name of Jesus to bring what I need to restore my situation. I am my own "Elijah", meaning I don't have to go to someone else for what I need. I go straight to God through Jesus. When I need money, I speak life over my finances in the Name of Jesus and then give God praise for bringing the money into my life. God is more than enough, He's an abundant God and He provides me with everything that I need (which is also in His Word). So I move and breathe in Him and trust that I have what I need, even when I cannot see it.
2) When someone comes to me or I see a need in someone else's life, such as what happened with Elijah, I am able to use the Name of Jesus to bring what that person needs to restore his/her situation. Elijah never said it wasn't her sin that caused her son to die. Maybe it was. I don't know. There were a lot of laws at the time. Maybe as I continue growing in the Word, I'll find that her son's death had nothing to do with sin. But as I see it right now, Elijah didn't address the sin issue one way or another, he just told her to give him her son. So today, because our sins are not counted against us, if someone needs healing, I can take authority, speak the Word over the person in the Name of Jesus and know that it is done. IF I don't see an immediate response, that doesn't mean that the Word isn't moving in that person's life to change their situation. Whether it's physical healing, emotional or mental healing, God's intervention in a situation, whatever it may be, if I act as the "Elijah" of the situation, I will NOT doubt or be swayed by what I see. I will move in accordance with the Word. Period.
© 2019 Monica Lynne Foster