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Lent #5 Hearing God in the Wilderness
March 21, 2021

Lent #5 Hearing God in the Wilderness

March 21, 2021

3 Things in Common 

  1. You did not it.
  2. It is no place you would ever have gone.
  3. You are not in

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. 1 Kings 19:3

Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” 1 Kings 19:4

Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God.  1 Kings 19:8

There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9

Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”  1 Kings 19:10

Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. 1 Kings 19:11

And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind.  1 Kings 19:11

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  1 Kings 19:11

And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. 1 Kings 19:12

And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.  1 Kings 19:12-13

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:13

He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.  1 Kings 19:14

Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. 1 Kings 19:15 

When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.  1 Kings 19:15-16

…preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”  1 Kings 19:18

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