Tuesday, June 16, 2015

elijah's radical faith

today's readings: 1 Kings 15:25-17:24, Acts 10:24-48, Psalm 134:1-3, Proverbs 17:9-11

today we start reading about one of my fav Bible characters: Elijah.

Elijah was amazing. his faith was extreme! he lived out in the middle of nowhere, and God sent ravens to bring him food. that's pretty hardcore!

just in the first reading about him today, he raises a child from the dead. that's amazing. 

Elijah is a precursor to Jesus... so many of the miracles that Elijah performed pointed to miracles that Jesus would do hundreds of years later. and Elijah is one of the two that strengthen Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. 

we can definitely be inspired to follow God more radically by reading about people with great faith in the Bible. and Elijah is one that we can learn from the most.

God, please grow my faith by my reading about the men who followed you radically.


julie reedy said...

Elijah, wow, faith beyond comprehension. His faith leaves me speechless. Radically saved. One of my heroes. I will be enjoying these readings and as always seeing things that I missed before or due to where I am things that I have not seen before, or have a more intense meaning now. Excited about these readings!

Lori Sue Luster said...

Another great post today! (...with or without 'wisdom' teeth!) My introduction to Elijah and his significance as a forerunner to Jesus greatly impressed me, as a teen. This Elijah, possessing extreme, miracle-producing faith, living without the comforts of house and home -- laser-focused on listening for and DOING what God instructed, giving no thought to the basics of his own survival! (He stands in sharp contrast to those around him--rejecting God, caught up in doing every evil in the sight of the Lord.) In my first hearing of the Mt of Transfiguration, I remember being struck by Peter's exuberance at this miraculous and glorious sight, acknowledging how wonderful it was for the three of them to be there, his heroes, shining as the sun... Peter's desire for this moment to never end... his suggestion to build a small 'homes' for each: Moses, Jesus and Elijah. Years later when I ponder this display of God's glory, now I wonder, 'what words were spoken?' Just like JULIE'S comments above, it is SO true -- seeing things we've missed, until now, and how this fresh insight enriches our understanding. Lord, please increase my faith, and enable me to be listening and looking for the 'ravens' you may send to me.
So very good, Jeff!