ELIJAH

THE TRAVELS OF ELIJAH

***The ministry of Elijah took place in many areas and cities…….
(1) CHERITH – 1 Kings 17:17:2-7
-Cherith was a ravine with a stream running through it
-it emptied into the Jordan River
     3 THINGS TO CONSIDER CONCERNING CHERITH
(1) THE CHERITH PROMISE – vs2-5
-the Word of the Lord was that God would provide for Elijah
-the answer to all of Gods’ promises are yes and amen – 2 Corinthians 1:20
(2) THE CHERITH EXPERIENCE
           Cherish has two main meanings:
     (1) TO CUT OFF
Cherith was a place of isolation and cut off from people & civilization
Hide – speaks of doing something for yourself
-we must spend time with Jesus all of the time……
-separate everything from you except you and Jesus
          2 Principles to Learn Here
                           1. Even when things get hard – stick around
                                               -wait until you hear from the Lord
                           2. Watch out what you pray for
-Elijah prayed for no water and it happened.  It affected Elijah also…
       (2) TO CUT DOWN
-we all need to be cut down to size by our Lord
-The Bible says to be clothed with humility – 1 Peter 5:5-6
-The Lord took Elijah to Cherith to cut him down to size
Go hide yourself – means to be out of sight/to be absent on purpose
         -the Lord was saying to live at Cherish – Elijah was there for a year…….
1 Kings 17:1 – Elijah started off just as a Tishbite to finally being a man of God – v24
REMEMBER:
——-do not fight the process
——-give in to the Lord
(3) THE CHERITH PROVISION
GODS DIRECTION INCLUDES GODS PROVISION….. – 1 Kings 17:4-6
-wherever the Lord send you, He will provide for you…
Natural provision – a stream of water
Supernatural provision – birds – ravens – feeding Elijah with bread and meat
Elijahs provision dried up – he stayed where he was until he heard from the Lord.  Then he went to Zarapheth – 85 miles north and away from Cherish – 1 Kings 17:8-16
                     ZARAPHETH
Zarapheth  is located in modern day Lebanon & is 85 miles from Cherish right on the Mediterranean Sea…
Zarapheth means smelting place
-smelting is a process of removing impurities from metal
-the refining process builds Christlikeness & character.  2 Characteristics include:
              1. Be helpful and a breath of fresh air
Elijah was going through a rough time, but still helped others
              2. Faithfulness – means to be dependable…present…stable...steady…
-even when things are tough, remain faithful and stay that way
The Lord gives Elijah 3 Commands in Zarapheth….
                 1. ARISE – means to wake up…don’t be sleepy
-be physically and spiritually alert
-awakening
                2. GO – means to walk and move
-not soak, but Go….
-the word includes hardships and dangers as we move forward
-the Lord sent Elijah to Sidon which was the center of Baal worship and where Jezebel was from – we are to invade the culture
                 3. STAY – Elijah is to live and stay there
v9 – as Elijah obeys the Lord and Arises, Goes and Stays, provision occurs…
                       2 Ways the Lord Provides:
     1. The Lord can provide through people
-the Lord uses a gentile woman who had nothing, but God used her to provide for the prophet
     2. The Lord commands provision to come to us as we follow the Lord – v9
-all provision comes from the Lord