Elijah the prophet did incredible things. He lived about 850 years before Jesus was born. Not much is known of his early life. He arrived on the scene, calling Israel to return to the Lord in repentance and to turn away from worshipping an idol called Baal. He prophesied for 15 years or so and then was gone. (pic: Elijah) But during his ministry he did incredible things. We heard about something incredible in the Old Testament reading. Elijah and Elisha came to the Jordan River. Elijah took off his cloak and struck the water. The water spread apart, and the two of them crossed on a dry river bed. Incredible. Earlier in his ministry the region had been going through a severe drought. Food was scarce, especially for the poor. Elijah met a widow who had a young son. The mother and boy had enough flour and oil for ONE more meal. Then they would starve. Elijah came up and asked the woman to make him a meal. She did. What happened next was incredible. The flour and oil did not run out. Day after day they had enough to eat. It was like the Energizer Bunny. The flour and oil kept going and going and going so they would survive the drought. (pic: Elijah with the woman & boy) Then the widow’s son died unexpectedly. The widow accused Elijah of bringing much grief into her life. What happened next was incredible. Elijah took the boy to an upper room and stretched out over him. Three times he pleaded with the Lord to give the boy’s life back. The Lord did! The boy started to breathe again. Elijah had done an incredible miracle, and the widow believed that Elijah was indeed a man sent from God. Another time Elijah was sent to challenge the king of Israel—Ahab—who had married a woman named Jezebel. Jezebel had brought hundreds of false prophets into Israel to lead the people to worship Baal. She was a powerful and vengeful queen. In order to call the people back to the Lord, Elijah challenged 850 false prophets to a contest. (pic: Elijah challenging the false prophets) An altar was built and the terms were simple: call down fire from above to destroy the sacrifice on the altar. The false prophets danced and prayed to their gods and cut themselves for hours. Nothing happened. Elijah even threw in some teasing and jeers. Then Elijah had the altar soaked with water. He prayed. What happened next was incredible. The true God of Israel burned everything—flames engulfed the sacrifice, altar and water. It was obvious who the true Lord was and who the people were to follow and worship.
My name is Peter and I was one of Jesus first disciple. Many say I was the leader of the disciples. I suppose that's true. I was out front saying things that got me in trouble. I was the leader in doing things but needed to be corrected done oh and I know well more is written about me than the other disciples but I often didn't get things right. There were times I was clueless as to what Jesus was doing. I remember one time right at the beginning of Jesus Ministry. My brother Andrew and I along with the couple of the other fisherman James and John had just started to follow Jesus.
Have you ever noticed how people respond to things they are not familiar with. It's brand new and if it's brand new to them then it must be brand new period. After all they've never heard it then it must be brand new right. I've noticed this with my 7 year old little boy over there. The last time we were watching some TV I think it was a certain show from maybe the 80's. I forget the one I was raised. He was excited weren't you Tina and we're looking at this show a new cartoon he called it. Tom and Jerry. He explained to me how well there this this this cat named Jerry and this Tom and the nerdest(?) mouse named Jerry right.
Great mercy and peace with you from our Lord and original savior Jesus the Christ. Amen. Can an entire city be forgiven? What about a nation? Sin, repentance, forgiveness these are not trivial issues for the Christian. We must understand and deal with these matters but we do solve from the perspective of the good news which tells us that the certainty the forgiveness we need lies not in our ability to repent but in God's mercy to relent(?) for the sake of Jesus. In Nunnuva(?) we see our relenting(?) God in action. Nunnuva(?) needs a relenting(?) God God had said their evil has come up before me the book of Jonah did not relate the kind
by Rev. Vincent X. Shaw, M.Div.
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