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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 18, 2021

Daily Reading: I Kings 15-17


I Kings 17:18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?


No. That is the answer to the question of the woman at Zarephath. Her son died and somehow she correlated his death with her sin. Frankly, we don't know if it was a current sin, or a past sin that she was thinking about. But in her mind, her sin was to blame for her son's death. However, instead of dealing with her conscience through prayer, humility, and repentance, she blamed the man of God saying, What have I to do with thee. Seemingly she said to Elijah, I would be better off without you. This is not true. In fact, the only thing that this woman said in this verse that was true is calling the prophet, Man of God. Even that was probably in mockery.


Just a few verses earlier we read where this woman said to this man of God that she was going to make her last meal for she and her son, then they were going to die. However, God had a better plan for her. A miraculous plan. An unheard-of plan. Elijah told her that this would not be her last meal. He was right. She, her son, and Elijah would eat of her meager ingredients for many days. Which they did. Now however, her son died, and she said she was chagrined at the man of God stating that this was his doing because of her sin. Nothing could be further from the truth.


God was doing something bigger. He was proving to the reader of the Bible that this man Elijah was a prophet, a man of God, indeed. Elijah bursts on the scene without fanfare or detailed introduction. Not like John the Baptist for instance. He comes face to face with King Ahab proclaiming that it would not rain until he, Elijah, said it would rain. In this drought, God first fed the man of God while he was hiding by the brook Cherith, by ravens bringing him food twice a day (a miracle in and of itself). Then God sends him to the woman at Zarephath, wherein the Lord commanded her to feed him, although the woman did not know that at the time.


Then, after many days, upon the death of her son, the woman somewhat mocked the man of God, blamed him for bringing to remembrance her sin; she forgot the blessings of the meal and oil. But upon her son being raised from the dead, she said: Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth. She is the third testimony in this chapter of the efficacy of this man of God. The first being the drought of rain, the second being the ravens bringing him food, and the third being this woman's testimony.


So, dear reader, from this point on know this. Elijah is the real deal. Proven to us in this one chapter. Know this also, a guilty conscience over sin should bring us to prayer, humility, and repentance; not blame. Coming into contact with a person who walks with God always brings conviction of sins, past and present. This is why so many stay away from true people of God, convicted by their own guilt which they refuse to Biblically deal with. But in this case, her sin was not the reason for her son's death. The reason is to show forth God's stamp of approval and provision of power in the man of God's life.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today...and don't think that everything is always about you, sometimes God has a bigger meaning for the events of your life.

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