13 October 2018 Verse of the Day

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.  (1 Corinthians 13:11 NASB) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: Elijah Predicts a Drought 1Ki 17:1  Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”  1Ki 17:2  Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah:  1Ki 17:3  “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.  1Ki 17:4  You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”  1Ki 17:5  So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.  1Ki 17:6  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.  1Ki 17:7  Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.  The Widow of Zarephath 1Ki 17:8  Then the word of the LORD came to him:  1Ki 17:9  “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”  1Ki 17:10  So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  1Ki 17:11  As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”  1Ki 17:12  “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”  1Ki 17:13  Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  1Ki 17:14  For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the land.'”  1Ki 17:15  She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  1Ki 17:16  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.  Elijah Raises the Widow’s Son 1Ki 17:17  Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing.  1Ki 17:18  She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”  1Ki 17:19  “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed.  1Ki 17:20  Then he cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?”  1Ki 17:21  Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  1Ki 17:22  The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  1Ki 17:23  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”  1Ki 17:24  Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”  Elijah Confronts Ahab 1Ki 18:1  After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”  1Ki 18:2  So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,  1Ki 18:3  and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD.  1Ki 18:4  While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)  1Ki 18:5  Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals.”  1Ki 18:6  So they divided the land they were to cover, Ahab going in one direction and Obadiah in another.  1Ki 18:7  As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?”  1Ki 18:8  “Yes,” he replied. “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.'”  1Ki 18:9  “What have I done wrong,” asked Obadiah, “that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death?  1Ki 18:10  As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you.  1Ki 18:11  But now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’  1Ki 18:12  I don’t know where the Spirit of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth.  1Ki 18:13  Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water.  1Ki 18:14  And now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ He will kill me!”  1Ki 18:15  Elijah said, “As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.”  1Ki 18:16  So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.  1Ki 18:17  When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”  1Ki 18:18  “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals.  1Ki 18:19  Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”  The Prophets of Baal Defeated 1Ki 18:20  So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.  1Ki 18:21  Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.  1Ki 18:22  Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.  1Ki 18:23  Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it.  1Ki 18:24  Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”  1Ki 18:25  Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.”  1Ki 18:26  So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.  1Ki 18:27  At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”  1Ki 18:28  So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.  1Ki 18:29  Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.  1Ki 18:30  Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which had been torn down.  1Ki 18:31  Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.”  1Ki 18:32  With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed.  1Ki 18:33  He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”  1Ki 18:34  “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time.  1Ki 18:35  The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.  1Ki 18:36  At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.  1Ki 18:37  Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”  1Ki 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  1Ki 18:39  When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”  1Ki 18:40  Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.  The Lord Sends Rain 1Ki 18:41  And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”  1Ki 18:42  So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.  1Ki 18:43  “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”  1Ki 18:44  The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'”  1Ki 18:45  Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.  1Ki 18:46  The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard