1 Kings 17:15
“And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.”
She was a widow who was in the process of making the last meal for her and her son.
1 Kings 17:8-9
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”
The Lord had commanded Elijah to come to Zarephath for one purpose…so a widow could be used of God to sustain him.
When he saw her gathering sticks he asked her to fetch him some water. She obliged his request, which showed she was willing. He the asked for a morsel of bread, yet she had not a cake to feed him.
1 Kings 17:12
“And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: 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.”
She was honest about her condition, and he responded with a hopeful promise of what would happen if she trusted what the Lord said.
1 Kings 17:13-14
“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.”
She went and did as he said, and saw the Lord sustain not only Elijah, but also her, her son, and everyone in her house.
1 Kings 17:16
“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”
The Widow of Zarephath serves as an example of the many promises God has made to us if we will simply obey and trust in Him.
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