Tag Archives: Elijah and the widow of Zarephath
February 3, 2017 by jmar198013
When the people saw Jesus at work, they said: “God has come to help his people.” And just maybe, if we follow Jesus—bringing the Good News of God’s salvation to the dark and desperate corners of our time, even across enemy lines—people will also see our work, and conclude that God has come to help them. Through his people.
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October 29, 2016 by jmar198013
In a time of drought and famine, God provided Elijah a brook to drink from, and ordered ravens to feed him. When the brook dried up, God sent him to stay with a widow in enemy territory, and God fed his prophet, the widow, and her son through the duration of the drought. When the widow’s son got sick and died, God raised him. These stories lead us to the heart of God’s character, and to the heart of the Gospel: even in the midst of death, God is the giver of life.
November 7, 2015 by jmar198013
If the church wants to learn how to deal with widows–and whatever other vulnerable people we meet–we shouldn’t look to the story of the widow’s mites in Mark 12. That widow was being exploited.
Rather, the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath will provide us with a pragmatic, more just, more organic model of ministering to and alongside the vulnerable members of our communities.