1 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”
1 Kings 17:11 “And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.”
1 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”
This widow never complained about giving water to the prophet but when the man mentioned food, all hell was let loose!
Friend, at the mention of cake, Elijah saw the other side of the poor widow. It was as if the Prophet had pressed her trigger because she started firing on all cylinders! I’m sure the Prophet never expected that reaction. She gave some very terrible complaints.
Her opening statement alone was fire! Hear her, “…As the LORD thy God liveth…” Let me show you in other translations:
1 Kings 17:12 She said, “I swear, as surely as your GOD lives…” (MSG)
1 Kings 17:12 “The widow answered, “In the name of the living LORD your God, I swear that I don’t have any bread…” (CEV)
Beloved, this woman started swearing in the name of the same God that had commanded her to sustain the prophet! When church people start to swear, there is only one explanation, you have touched their sensitive part. Elijah had hit this woman in a place she never expected.
It was as if her most prized possession is about to be taken away. I am sure you know that feeling as well. I’m sure we have all been there before. I suspect you’re probably laughing now.
Here is the challenge, Elijah has touched something that no one can touch including God Almighty Himself!
To be continued…
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