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Lesson 13 for Week of March 28, 2021 Reference: R.H> Boyd Publishing Corporation
Background Passages: 1 King 18-19; Matthew 17:1-13 Lesson Passage: 1 King 18:5-18
"THE BEARER OF BAD NEWS"
Elijah: Prophet of Courage
I. God's Call to Repentance (1 King 18:5-17)
II. The Faceoff (1 King 18:18-20)
THE MAIN THOUGHT
And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. 1 Kings 18:18, KJV
People like to go their own way until faced with crises beyond their control. How shall we respond to the advice of those who have great wisdom and insight? In First Kings, God sent Elijah to warn of impending disaster, and in Matthew, Elijah appeared with Jesus to affirm Jesus' mission.
To compare Elijah's response to speak to Ahab to that of Obadiah's response to report back to Ahab.
To act in boldness when speaking the word of God.
I. God's Call to Repentance (1 King 18:15-17)
5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.
6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?
8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
10 As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
II. The Faceoff (1 King 18:18-20
12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.
13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.
15 And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.
20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
God's Word in Life
Reference: R.H> Boyd Publishing Corporation
Okay so before we get into the Scriptures let me talk on the lesson topic: "THE BEARER OF BAD NEWS"
QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:
How shall we respond to the advice of those who have great wisdom and insight?
CLOSING PRAYER...Lord thank you for holding us accountable for being servants for you and teach us oh LORD not to be the bearer of bad news rather teach us to strength those who goes through tough time, those who are lost and in need of spiritual counseling, Help us to be more kind to help one another and to hear you when you call us to serve and be a help to the ones who need us. In Jesus name Amen!