Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Great Expectations, please skip ahead to the application.
As we finished last time the fire of God fell and consumed the sacrifice. This led the people to proclaim, “Yahweh is God!” Tonight Elijah has all of the prophets of Baal killed. Then he tells Ahab that rain is coming. Next, Elijah goes atop Mt. Carmel and kneels. He tells his servant to go up and look toward the sea. The servant sees nothing, but Elijah tells him to look again 7 times. The 7th time he sees a cloud the size of a man’s fist. This small cloud grew into great rain. As everyone heads home, Elijah outruns Ahab who is in a chariot and got a head start!
It may have started in just a cloud the size of a man’s hand, but it ended as a great rain. God had promised to send rain and He did.
Please realize that while literal in our story, the rain here is symbolic of the lesson God wanted to teach Israel.
God is God…Baal is not. God protects & provides for his prophets, while Baal lets his die. The Lord feeds the orphans and widows and raises the dead, Baal lets those who need suffer. God can send fire or rain from heaven, Baal cannot
respond to his most loyal and dedicated followers. Baal is no God at all. God is Lord of all, the one true God. Rain here is evidence of God’s absolute sovereignty over the Earth and human affairs.
These people did not just get rain…they got God!
Conclusion: Address the problem instead of treating the symptom, Have great expectations, watch God send the rain.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.