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Dried Up, Empty, and Dead

July 8, 2016

1 Kings 17: 7,12,17
And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

1Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him.


In this chapter we are introduced to Elijah the prophet. One of the greatest men to run across the pages of scripture, and probably the man who will return as one of the final witness spoken of in Revelation.

I read through a commentary by J. Vernon McGee on this chapter and he explained about how God needed to teach Elijah some very important lessons. Like many of the other powerful servants throughout the Bible, God sent Elijah to the desert. Kind of like the school of hard knocks.

3 lessons Elijah had to learn, that are totally accurate for us today.

  1. Empty Brook. Jesus said in John 4 that we need the rivers of living water or we will thirst again. Without this living water we will dry up, just like this brook. We are all dried up brooks without the living water. The living water is the spirit of God. We need to see this in ourselves, be able to admit and recognize our need for Christ.
  2. Empty flour jar. We are empty flour jars. We have nothing to offer God. No matter how smart, good-looking or talented we think we are, we are nothing. We came from dust, and to dust we shall return. Again, we need the water of life, and the bread of life. Jesus is the bread of life and we need to realize and always remember we are empty flour jars.
  3. Dead bodies. Paul said for the wages of sin is death. We are born in sin. Jesus says unless we are born of water and the spirit we cannot enter the kingdom of God. We must be born again, Jesus says, in John 3. If we are not born again, we die physically and spiritually.

I am an empty brook, dry and desperate for living water. I am an empty flour jar, so desperately in need of the bread of life. I was a walking dead person for 27 years. Now I am alive in Christ and realize that I need Him more than ever.


From → Nibble of Bread

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