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Elijah – a man with a nature like ours…. and…bird watching…

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Journaling

Sounds like the birds are practicing for American Idol! It’s the time of year for setting up their boundaries and they fly wildly past my view and then sit on limbs and answer each others’ call. For fun, I sometimes personify their conversations – like, “say, you are all wet, where did you take a bath?” – “Where did you get that big piece of suet?” And when several arrive at the feeder or bird bath, they “fight” over who goes first. There is a hierarchy.

I am commanded to observe the birds of the air, so, I do. ( Mt 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and [yet] your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?) The thing I am to contemplate is that they do not toil or spin in saving up for their future which will be provided; but, sometimes, I wonder about all their fluttering about. I have a good view of wrens building a nest in one of the birdhouses Bob made. I like wrens. Sure, they make a mess at the feeder, but when it comes to building their house, they get very particular and throw any twig out that doesn’t make for a neat nest. Or they drop twigs and sticks that are too wide for the entrance. They fly at jet speed up to the opening, attempt to land, and get pushed back to try again and again. I love it!

This morning I listened to an informative sermon on the internet concerning Elijah. I can paste the outline here for you. It is long. You may be tempted to skip through it. I hope not. Notice how verses are put together from throughout the Bible to shed light on the basic verses. (This was part 1 from a series of 3.)

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

According to FB Meyer:

Gilead lay east of the Jordan: it was wild and rugged; its hills were covered with shaggy forests; its awful solitude was only broken by the dash of mountain streams; its valleys were the haunt of fierce wild beasts”

James 5:16-17 “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous…

Luke 1:17 “He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

2 Kings 1:7-8 Then he said to them, “What kind of man was it who came up to meet you and told you these words?” 8 So they answered him, “A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”

Matthew 3:4 And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

1 Kings 16:30,33 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. 33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

1 Kings 16:31-32 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

Deuteronomy 7:3 “Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.

1 Kings 18:4 For so it was, while Jezebelmassacred the prophets of the LORD,

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

1 Kings 19:14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

1 Kings 21:25-26 But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. 26 And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijahthe Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17 And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Deuteronomy 28:15,24 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: 24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

Luke 4:25 “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land;

James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

1 Kings 18:2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.

Genesis 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

1 Kings 18:5 And Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go into the land to all the springs of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so that we will not have to kill any livestock.

Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

1 Samuel 2:12,17, 22 Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD.

17 Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD. 22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Amos 3:2 “You [Israel] only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities

Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

“It is the false prophets who cry, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace,” who were ever the popular orators. “Speak unto us smooth things” (Isa 30:10) is always the demand of the crowd, and those who refuse to yield to this clamour and instead faithfully preach the Truth, are dubbed “pessimists” and “killjoys.” AW Pink

Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Other pages from this site about Elijah:  https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/i-was-fed-like-elijah/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/ramblings-of-my-mind-enduring-headaches/

https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/

There are more.  Elijah must be a favorite of mine.

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May 2, 2012 Posted by | Elijah, Fervent prayer, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

   

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