The Faith of Elijah
1. In Hebrews 11:32 "the prophets" are mentioned in connection with their faith.
a. The prophets served in the past as God's spokesmen (Hebrews 1:1).
b. God sent many prophets to reveal His Word to the Israelites.
c. The Israelites were given guidelines for dealing with the prophets in:
1) Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:20-22
2) Jeremiah 28:9-10.
2. Elijah was one of the greatest prophets.
a. Elijah "went up by a whirlwind into heaven" (2 Kings 2:11).
b. Elijah appeared with Moses when Jesus was transfigured (Matthew 17:3).
c. Elijah demonstrated great faith on several occasions.
d. His activities are recorded in 1 Kings 17 - 2 Kings 2.
I. (1 Kings 17:1) ELIJAH IS INTRODUCED
A. He was known as "Elijah the Tishbite."
B. He was from Gilead.
C. At the time Ahab was king of Israel (see 1 Kings 16:29-33).
D. Elijah revealed to Ahab that there would be no rain unless he first announced it
[James referred to this point as an illustration -- James 5:16b-18].
II. (1 Kings 17:2-7) GOD DIRECTED ELIJAH TO GO TO A PLACE WHERE HE WOULD BE
SUSTAINED BY THE RAVENS
III. (1 Kings 17:8-16) GOD DIRECTED ELIJAH TO GO TO ZAREPHATH WHERE HE WOULD
BE SUSTAINED BY A WIDOW
IV. (1 Kings 17:17-24) ELIJAH RAISED THE WIDOW'S SON
V. (1 Kings 18:1-6) GOD DIRECTED ELIJAH TO APPEAR BEFORE AHAB WHO SENT
OBADIAH TO SEARCH FOR A PLACE THAT WOULD SUSTAIN THE LIVESTOCK
VI. (1 Kings 18:7-16) ELIJAH SENT OBADIAH TO TELL AHAB THAT HE WAS PRESENT