“And the word of the LORD came unto Elijah, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” 1 Kings 17:8-9
The leading of God is not always clear to our understanding or satisfying to our pride, but it is always directed to God’s glory and our good. Elijah had been supernaturally fed by ravens until the brook of Cherith dried up due to the very drought that Elijah had prophesied. Then, instead of supernaturally providing water, God told Elijah to move to a village in Zidon to stay with a poor widow who would feed him.
But Zidon was the home of the idolatrous queen Jezebel, who would soon become Elijah’s implacable enemy. Furthermore, he would have to so humble himself as to request that the widow share what she thought would be her last meal with a stranger whom she had never met and who had claimed to be the prophet of a God she did not know. What a strange way for God to deal with His servant!
Nevertheless, Elijah obeyed God without question, and so did the widow of Zarephath, and thus the Lord was able to perform two of His mightiest miracles of creation. At the same time, He was able to meet the deep spiritual needs, as well as the physical needs, of this unlikely duo—the greatest spiritual leader of his age and an insignificant widow. An amazing daily miracle of continuing the creation of oil and meal took place as long as the drought continued. And then an even more amazing miracle was accomplished when, for the first time in all history so far as the record goes, one who was dead (the widow’s son) was restored to life (1 Kings 17:20-24), and the woman came to believe that Jehovah was the true God. God’s ways may not be our ways, but they are always best. May He give us the grace always to obey His word, whether or not we fully understand. – Dr. Henry M. Morris
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Sunday School Notice
There will be no Sunday school classes on December 24 and December 31. Classes will resume on January 7 at 9:50 a.m.
Sunday, December 17
9:50 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Saunders
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Saunders
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
11:00 a.m. Christmas Service
12:30 p.m. International Lunch
2:30 p.m. Afternoon Praise Service
(No evening service)
The Shorter Catechism
Q81: What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A: The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate,1 envying or grieving at the good of our neighbour,2 and all inordinate motions and affections to any thing that is his.3
1. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. (1 Corinthians 10:10).
2. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26).
3. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5).
Bible Questions & Answers For Children
Q29: Why did Cain kill Abel?
A: He was jealous because God accepted Abel’s offering and did not accept his.
“And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” Genesis 4:4, 5