1 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.”

The word of the LORD that came to Elijah gave him a specific line of action. He was instructed to go to Zarephath which belong to Zidon. There were many cities God could have sent him to but He chose Zarephath.

In 1 Kings 17:1, the Bible introduced Elijah the Tishbite to us for the first time. Up until that time, we have never heard about this prophet, in order words; we could infer that he was just starting his ministry.

The world renowned Prophet Elijah that called down fire from heaven, slaughtered the prophets of Baal, divided the River Jordan, installed Jehu and anointed Prophet Elisha was asked to go to Zarephath. The question I asked myself was, why this town?

Here is the gist: The Hebrew word translated Zarephath means; to fuse metal, to refine, melt, make pure, to purge away and refinery. That calls for curiosity.

A Refinery is a place for purifying substances. It is an industrial site where substances such as crude oil, iron ore, sugar and so on are processed and purified. Another name for refinery is a processing plant.

Let’s bring the thoughts together; Zarephath is a processing plant and the “about to be great” Prophet Elijah was sent there first.

Friend, God doesn’t start anything from the top neither do men. It is said that the only thing that is started from the top is a grave.

Listen, God knew where he wanted taking Elijah to, He wanted Elijah to be a great tool in His hands but he knew Elijah might fail if he didn’t do the first most important thing; which is to work on his character!

God doesn’t promote by gifts, he promotes by character. He knew the height He was taking Elijah to, but knows that if his character is not in place, Elijah will fail.

So, God took him to a refinery to work on him first. A refinery is also a place where impurities are removed.

To be continued…

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