Jesus In 1 Kings
Jesus in 1 Kings
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
1 Kings 17:9 NKJV
During the period of the kings of Israel and Judah, a prophet lived by the name of Elijah the Tishbite. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah prophesies of a severe drought that was to plague the land. Many suffered greatly and eventually the place of refuge for Elijah dried up. Then God told Elijah to leave Israel and go the Gentiles and meet a Sidonian Widow in a place called Zarephath. God would deliver Elijah through her and her family. Elijah would even bring her son back to life! But the significant aspect of this story is that surely many widows existed of the house of Israel that could have prospered instead of this Gentile woman, but it was this widow that God chose.
Jesus in Luke 4:16-30 has an interesting episode where He was nearly killed by the people He grew up around in Nazareth. In verses 18, 19 He quotes Isaiah 61:1, 2 and then tells the Nazarenes that He was fulfilling this prophecy. But they rejected it.
Because of their rejection Jesus said that famous line, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.” (verse 24) However, there is more to this than just verse 24, Jesus then, as a textual proof, reminds them of the widow in Zarephath being cared for instead of the Israelite widows! Sometimes it takes being a stranger to truly appreciate the Gospel!
While in sin, we are all strangers, and Jesus is calling. Don’t be like the Nazarenes and reject the Messiah, but accept the call in obedience! Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).