Monday, July 24, 2017
Heroes In The Bible What They Faced-We All Face-1 Kings Ch 17
1Ki 17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
1Ki 17:17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
1Ki 17:18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
1Ki 17:19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
1Ki 17:20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
1Ki 17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
1Ki 17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
1Ki 17:23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
1Ki 17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.
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1 Kings 17:24
And the woman said to Elijah, now by this I know that thou art a man of God,.... She took him to be one at his first coming to her; she was in a great measure confirmed in it by the miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil; but upon the death of her son, which she was ready to impute to the prophet, she was staggered at it; but now, by his resurrection from the dead, was fully assured of it:
and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth; she had known before that what he said concerning the meal and oil not failing was true; but now she was more and more convinced and assured that the God, whose prophet he was, was the true God, and that the religion he professed was the true religion, and he a true prophet, and that all his prophecies would be exactly fulfilled.
One can read this chapter and think, how could this women, after seeing such a mighty miracle say to the Prophet, "What have I to do with thee, O Man of God'
Those are some very harsh words. They said it to Moses, after the parting of the red sea, after all the signs in Egypt, after all the miracles, “Did you bring us out in this wilderness to die".
Jesus, he did many miracles, he feed 4,000 and 5,000 from a few fish and a couple loafs of bread, the same people, some of them that saw these things, followed Jesus, because their belly’s were full, yelled during his trial, "Crucify him".
In 2 Tim we read that at Paul’s first defense, no man stood with him. Where are the people, his beloved, where did they go, why were they not there?
These are only a couple examples for our text.
In a message I posted a while back called, “How soon we forget". It is like a part two; ‘I put you in remembrance, although you already know these things’, as Peters Epistle reads. I must put you reader in remembrance, how soon we forget.
The love, forgiveness, miracles, loving-kindness, grace, redemption, deliverance of our lord, just to one day many still say, ‘Hosanna and than crucify him’.
How can this be? Our bible teaches us, this has been going on forever. You reader, may stand alone, you may feel all have turned against you. Know this, our lord knows better than anyone, as Meyers devotion said today, I will paste it in and continue.
THE GARDEN OF THE CROSS
"In the place where He was crucified, there was a Garden." -- Joh_19:41.
IT WAS in a Garden that Paradise was lost, and in a Garden it was regained! The sweet flowers of spring waved their incense-cups around the Cross, on which their Creator, to whose thought they owed their beauty, was dying for man's redemption.
Amid all the anguish of this human world, nature pursues her unbroken routine. Spring with its green, summer with its glory, autumn with its gold--these in perennial beauty carry on their unbroken succession through all the days of human sorrow. Sometimes her unchanging order almost drives men to madness. It seems as though she has no sympathy with man in his stern battle for existence! Yet surely it is better so! Our tears and strife and storm are transient, whilst the order of creation will be the basis of that "new heaven and earth" for which we wait. Yes, there were flowers at the foot of the Saviour's Cross, and they have blossomed at the foot of every cross since His!
Where there is a Cross, there will be a garden. Of course, the cross must be properly borne. We must suffer for others, not careful about ourselves. We must take the cup from the hands of the Father, even though it is presented by the hands of a Judas! We must suffer silently. No man or woman, who really suffers deeply for another's salvation, talks about it, save to God.
Suffer for others in your Gethsemane-garden, and when you have been crucified after that fashion, then look for a garden in bloom. Set up a Calvary in your own heart! Let the cross there be a splint from the Cross of your Saviour! Bring thither your self-love, your ambitions, your moods and vagrant, selfish thoughts. Fasten your self-life, vain and proud as it is, to the Cross of Jesus, and let it remain there. Then in the garden of your character will arise a profusion of the rarest and sweetest flowers. If the world shuns your company, if you go lonely and unappreciated through life, yet you may find that the Lord Jesus will walk in the glades of your garden in the cool of the day, as He did in Paradise.
You may feel your in the Garden of Eden after the fall, Paul said, we are, our flesh, but the other Garden of Jesus, sets us free. We all have times of, ‘I can not take anymore, I am done, finished, spent, all I help have hurt me’, you have wounds, you were mistreated, what do you do, Forgive, as Meyers said,” Jesus knew Judas was to betray him, but he loved him, prayed for him. You may have a Judas in your life today; your flesh wants to take that person down. Listen, we all feel this way, let downs, people say I am with you brother, sister, but when the time comes you need a telescope to find them.
People are people, they are like you and me, at times all move in flesh, other times after being forgiven and renewed we say, “Thank-you lord for your touch, never again will I not love all as you did".
A few days later, you blow it. Thank-the lord for his forgiveness, he alone knows the heart, our weakness, our trouble, it matters not that man knows, Jesus knows. I ask you reader, do you need to love and enemy, have you been hurt and find it hard to love, forgive. The bible teaches, “If we do not forgive our brethren, the lord will not forgive us".
Those are serious words; we will not find forgiveness when we need it, if we do not forgive all.