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A widow feeds Elijah

Elijah travels to Zarephath to meet a widow.
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Elijah obeys God and makes the long trek north from the hidden ravine, where the Brook Cherith has dried up, to Zarephath. – Slide 1
Optional: Map showing the location of Zarephath and the most likely route Elijah would have taken to avoid being spotted by King Ahab and those looking for him. – Slide 2
1 Kings 17 v 10 As Elijah comes to the town gate he sees a widow gathering sticks. – Slide 3
Elijah calls to the widow ... – Slide 4
And asks her to bring him some water in a jar. – Slide 5
1 Kings 17 v 11 As she turns to fetch him the water, Elijah adds, ‘And please bring me a piece of bread.’ – Slide 6
The woman explains she does not have any bread. – Slide 7
She only has a handful of flour left in a jar and a little oil in a jug. She is gathering some sticks so that she can light a fire to bake their final meal before her food runs out and they die of starvation. – Slide 8
The poor widow shows Elijah all the flour she has left. – Slide 9
1 Kings 17 v 14 Elijah tells the woman not to be afraid and bake enough bread for the three of them for God will not let the flour be used up or the oil run dry until the Lord sends rain again. – Slide 10
The woman uses the last of her flour and oil to bake bread and shares it with her son and Elijah. – Slide 11
1 Kings 17 v 16 To their amazement when they look in the jar the flour was not used up ... – Slide 12
And the oil has not run dry. – Slide 13
The widow and her son are amazed how Elijah’s God has provided for them all. – Slide 14
From then on, each day they had enough flour and oil to bake bread. – Slide 15
And the flour never runs out ... – Slide 16
And the oil never runs dry. – Slide 17
The widow lets Elijah stay in an upstairs guest room. – Slide 18
1 Kings 17 v 17 Then one day the little boy became very ill and he just becomes worse and worse. – Slide 19
Until he became so ill he finally stops breathing. – Slide 20
1 Kings 17 v 18 His mother takes out her grief on Elijah. ‘What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?’ – Slide 21
1 Kings 17 v 19 ‘Give me your son,’ replies Elijah and he carries him upstairs to the guest room room. – Slide 22
He lays the dead body of the boy on his bed mat. Then he prays, ‘Have you brought tragedy on this widow by causing her son to die? O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him.’ – Slide 23
The boy does not stir. – Slide 24
Elijah continues to pray and stretches himself out over the boy’s body. ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him’. – Slide 25
The boy does not stir – Slide 26
Elijah prays a third time stretching himself over the boy’s body. ‘O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him.’ – Slide 27
1 Kings 17 v 22 The boy stirs. – Slide 28
The Lord has heard Elijah’s cry and raises the boy back to life. Elijah carries him down to meet his mother. – Slide 29
1 Kings 17 v 23 ‘Look your son is alive.’ – Slide 30
The mother hugs her son then tells Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.’ – Slide 31
A long time later, some three years after Elijah first told King Ahab that it would not rain, God speaks to Elijah. He tells him to go and present himself to King Ahab once more. – Slide 32
Elijah obeys and says goodbye to the widow and her son. – Slide 33
I Kings 18:1 Elijah makes his way out of Zarephath and heads south to meet King Ahab. – Slide 34
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