God was displeased with King Ahab, and sent His prophet, Elijah the

Tishbite, to say unto him, "As the Lord God of Israel liveth there

shall not be dew nor rain for years in all Israel." God knew that

these words would make Ahab angry with Elijah, so He commanded Elijah

to get out of Ahab's way. "Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and

hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall

be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the

ravens to feed thee there."

Elijah went, and the ravens brought him bread and meat, morning and

evening, and he drank of the brook. But after many days the brook

dried up, and God told him to go to Zarephath, where a widow would

sustain him. So he arose and went to Zarephath. When he came to the

gate of the city he saw the widow gathering sticks; and called to her,

saying, "Bring me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may

drink, and a morsel of bread in thy hand, that I may eat."

The widow turned and said, "As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a

cake, but only a handful of meal, and a little oil in a cruse; and,

behold, I am gathering a few sticks, that I may go in and bake it for

me and my son, that we may eat it before we starve to death." Elijah

told her not to fear, but to make a cake for him, and, afterwards, one

for her son and herself, for God had said that neither her handful of

meal nor her cruse of oil should fail until He again sent rain upon

the earth. So she did as Elijah told her, and there was always enough

oil and meal for their daily food, according to the word of the Lord

which He spake by Elijah.

ELI AND SAMUEL. ESTHER BEFORE THE KING. facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail