I Kings 17:7 “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain the land.” (KJV)
I Kings 17:8 “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,” (KJV)
So be open to dear God always because you don’t know when He can use you in your life. This happened to Elijah after a while. There was no rain the land, and more importantly no Water – that Living Water. We know Who that Source is and Who the Living Water comes from as described here in:
John 4:9 “Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, “How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? (for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.)” (KJV)
John 4:10 “Jesus answered and said unto her, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who it is That saith to thee, ‘Give Me to drink;’ thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.” (KJV)
John 4:11 “The woman saith unto Him “Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water?” (KJV)
John 4:12 “Art Thou greater that our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?” (KJV)
John 4:13 “Jesus answered and said unto her, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:” (KJV)
John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (KJV)
well (Strong’s 4077) a fount; i.e. source of supply (of water, blood, enjoyment) (not necessarily the original spring); (from Strong’s 4078) to fix (“peg”, i.e. to set up (a tent); pitch;
So this Samaritan woman was looking for the physical water, but Jesus, Himself, explained that if she drank of His water, she would have a well, or a source of supply, and note here, it can be defined as not from the original spring or to set up. If you believe in Him and drink of His Water, His Word, His Truth, you too by your faith in Him can have that well within you for the eternity, but for today right now, here in the flesh. You can enjoy your life, rest and have peace in the fact that if you are in Him, He is in you. Let’s continue on:
I Kings 17:9 “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” (KJV)
Zarephath (Strong’s 6886) refinement; Tsarephath, a place in Israel; (from Strong’s 6884) to fuse (metal); i.e. refine, cast, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away or try.
Zidon (Strong’s 6721) in the sense of catching fish; fishery; Tsidon, the name of a son of Canaan, and a place in Israel; (from Strong’s 6679) to lie alongside (i.e. in wait); to catch an animal (fig. men); to victual, food or provisions) (for a journey), chase, hunt, sore or take provision.
It’s a good idea to check out the definitions of names and locations to get an even deeper understanding of what God is telling us. Here the location God is telling Elijah to go to is Zarephath, or a place of refinement or to purge away or try, which is in Zidon, or a place that means to catch i.e. fish (men) or food or provisions. Let’s continue here in:
I Kings 17:10 “So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, “Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” (KJV)
So God lead Elijah right directly to the widow lady at the gate, which was the place of judgment, of the city. Let’s continue:
I Kings 17:11 “And she was going to fetch it, he called her, and said, “Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.” (KJV)
I Kings 17:12 “And she said, “As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” (KJV)
cruse (Strong’s 6835) to expand; a saucer (as flat).
Note the word cruse here means a saucer, but also means to expand. We will see how God will expand this small portion that the widow was holding onto. So Elijah is asking her for just a small portion, but to the widow that portion would sustain her and her son for maybe a short time, as she said they would die because that’s all she had. So this widow was relying on the physical, this last bit of food for she and her son, as she was looking for the sticks to finish their last meal and then die. She had lost her faith. What are we to do when we are struggling but rely on Him and His Word. The bread here symbolic of the Bread of Life as here in:
John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven, that a man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (KJV)
So Jesus is that Bread and He is the Word of God as here in:
Revelation 19:13 “And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God,” (KJV)
So eat of His Word and let Him enrich your life and fulfill you. When you do His oil, that oil symbolic of the Holy Spirit as here in:
Zechariah 4:11 “Then answered I, and said unto him, “what are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?” (KJV)
Zechariah 4:12 “And I answered again, and said unto him, “What be these two olive branches which through the two goldenpipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?” (KJV)
Zechariah 4:13 “And he answered me and said, “Knowest thou not what these be?” And I said, “No, my lord,” (KJV)
Zechariah 4:14 “Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” (KJV)
So here the subject the two branches, or people, and the oil, or God’s Holy Spirit, those two witnesses that stand by dear God. They are spoken of here in:
Revelation 11:3 “And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” (KJV)
Revelation 11:4 “These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth.” (KJV)
So the point that the oil represents God’s holy Spirit. Let’s go back to:
I Kings 17:13 “And Elijah said unto her, “Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.” (KJV)
I Kings 17:14 “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘The barrel of mean shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.” (KJV)
I Kings 17:15 “And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she and he, and her house, did eat many days.” (KJV)
I Kings 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.” (KJV)
So this the widow lady was ready for death and preparing for it as she had lost her faith. Not only did God feed her, her son and Elijah, they were fed for many days. The barrel continually produced meal and the cruse continually had oil during this drought period. The widow had to act out on faith. She just like us, has to act first, THEN God had intercede into our situation and work. So feed yourself with Him, the Bread of Life, and the Word of God and HE will fill you up with His Holy Spirit and sustain you and bless you.
Thank you dear God for this message.
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