When You Think It Can’t Get Any Worse

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 17, Ezekiel 47, Psalm 103, Colossians 4.

“Now Elijah the Tishbite . . .” 1 Kings 17:1a

These four words, if you think about it, are absolutely breathtaking.

Amazing grace.

While we were yet sinners. . . images

Think about it with me.

If you have been following along in 1 Kings, by the time you get to the end of chapter 16 you are thinking, “Good Lord! Can it get any worse???” For 6 chapters, it seems all we have read is, “and ‘such and such’ did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Every king and his subsequent heir to the throne sinned against the Lord. And every king seemed to trump his father’s sinfulness with even greater sin.

By the time we get to the end of chapter 16 and think it really could not possibly get any worse, we read: “And Ahab son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him . . . Ahab did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.” (1 Kings 16:30, 33)

Translation: Things were bad. Like, evil bad. Like, wicked-evil bad. Like, the nation of Israel were nothing but a bunch of sinful sick-o’s bad.

And just about the time you think there is zero hope for the people of God. . .

God intervenes.

God sends a rescuer.

God sends one to redirect lives and hearts and minds.

God sends someone to intervene on behalf of His people and do for them what they never could have done for themselves.

Out of nowhere, it seems, when all “sin” has broken loose – God comes to save the day for His people.

Elijah’s name means “the LORD (‘jah’) is God (‘eli’).” That’s fitting, isn’t it? Our great LORD and God is One who – though He has every right to – refuses to leave us in our sinful state. Our great LORD and God – even while we were yet sinners – sends to our rescue One to redeem us.

Elijah was (and is!!! he never actually died!) a great prophet of God. But let’s never forget. God sending Elijah in 1 Kings was a foretaste of glory divine pointing to the Ultimate Rescuer Jesus who would come for the sins of the world.

“Now Elijah the Tishbite . . .” 1 Kings 17:1a

See. I told you. These four words are absolutely breathtaking.





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