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from Judah? And he said, I am. Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee : neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place : for it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back : 21 and he cried unto the man
21 Though the wicked tempt us by of God that came from Judah,
a lie, that will not excuse our dissaying, Thus saith the Lord, obedience. Does conscience whisper Forasmuch as thou hast dis- thee, that thou hast offended ? ( seek obeyed the mouth of the and obey that gracious God, who yet
spareth thee ! Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, but camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him : and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase. And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase : and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the
And they saddled him. And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the
And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back : and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him. And he
laid his carcase in his own grave ; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! 31 This is a very affecting instance And it came to pass, after of remorse! The prophet felt
that he had buried him, that he but for his lying tongue (verse 18)
the man of God had still lived. He spake to his sons, saying, mourned a brother, whose fall he When I am dead, then bury had himself brought about. His me in the sepulchre wherein only consolation seems to have been, the man of God is buried;
to show honour to his memory;
anxious that they who had been as lay my bones beside his
prophets united in life, in their bones : for the saying which graves should not be divided. he cried by the word of the The grave buries all unkindness. LORD against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.
After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places : whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
EVENING, 1 Kings xvii. And Elijah the Tishbite, · Elijah is called in the New Testawho was of the inhabitants of ment Elias. Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, 4 Blessed thought ! no strait so that thou shalt drink of the dangerous but God's providence can brook; and I have com
and will conduct us safely out of it ; manded the ravens to feed
no place so desolate but his presence thee there. So he went and
cheers it ; no destitution so complete
but He relieveth it. did according unto the word 5 Elijah was wise enough to be of the Lord: for he went exact in obeying a precise command. and dwelt by the brook Che
When the Lord in his word bids us rith, that is before Jordan.
do any thing, or go any whither, we
cannot safely modify the command. * And the ravens brought him Suppose the instinct of these birds bread and flesh in the morn
might have directed them to procure ing, and bread and flesh in flesh for their young, what but a
miraculous combination of time and the evening; and he drank of place and circumstance could have the brook. And it came to
directed them to have laboured for pass after a while, that the the sustentation of the holy fugitive! brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
And the word of the LORD 9 If one mode of our preservation came unto him, saying, 'Arise, fails, Divine Providence soon finds get thee to Zarephath, which out another. belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there : behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks : and he called to her and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may
drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. 2 And she said, patient misery-ever submissive to
12 An affecting picture this of As the Lord thy God liveth, the will of God, and in submissive I have not a cake, but an trust hoping against hope! Her handful of meal in a barrel, patience, as it had its perfect work, and a little oil in a cruse :
had also its perfect reward. and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said : but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 15 How noble the faith of the 15 And she went and did ac- widow! How complete its triumph! cording to the saying of Elijah : and she, and be, and her house, did eat many days. 16 He who created and sustained
And the barrel of meal the palm tree in its richness, and wasted not, neither did the the corn in its abundance, could by cruse of oil fail, according to
the same power bless the meal and
the oil cruse ; even as in an after the word of the LORD, which
age, by a few barley-loaves and five he spake by Elijah. 17 And fishes, He fed to the full the hungry it came to pass after these thousands in the wilderness. things, that the son of the 17 If God take away our breath, woman, the mistress of the
we die !
Art thou ready? house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18 And
18 She attributed the sickness of she said unto Elijah, What her son to his impoverished nourishhave I to do with thee, O thou ment during the famine. man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son ? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosomn, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD
my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son ? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, Let this child's soul come into him again.And the
22 This miracle was conclusive both Lord heard the voice of Eli
as to the authority of the prophet's jah; and the soul of the child commission to declare the word of came into him again, and he God, and as to the truth of the word
itself. revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother : and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.
The ninth Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. I Kings xviii. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab ; and I will send rain upon the earth. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly : * for it was so,
4 When the righteous are in power, when Jezebel cut off the pro- the people may hope for blessing. phets of the RD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 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. So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself. 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 ? And he answered him, I am : go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 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. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And it
12 Obadiah judged well of God's shall come to pass, as soon as power and mercy to defend his faith
ful servants, 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. 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 ? And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here : and he shall slay me. And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto
16 A good man's promise is always him to day. 16 So Obadiah believed. Confidence in his word is went to meet Ahab, and told the just tribute paid to his virtue. him : and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel ? 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. 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. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came unto all
21 There is always danger in indethe people, and said, How
cision. Hence the wisdom of Jolong halt ye between two shua's resolve, and the fatal folly of opinions ? if the Lord be Laodicea's lukewarmness. (Rev. ii. God, follow him: but if Baal,
16.) then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Then said Elijah unto the
22 Strength consists, not in numpeople, I, even I only, re- bers, but in spirit and courage—in a main a prophet of the Lord; just and righteous cause. The good but Baal's prophets are four
man fears not, though he stand hundred and fifty men. Let alone. His cause sustaineth him. them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under : and call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD : and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. And