Monday, March 6
1 Kings 19:1-8
by Ann Mayers
How many of us have gone through a time of searching for truth about the universe; for understanding how there can be a God, a supreme being with whom we can possibly have a relationship; for understanding the place of religion and all its teachings and ramifications in our lives?
A quote attributed to George Washington and others is that it is impossible to reason without arriving at a SUPREME BEING. And that leads us to faith and to acceptance of faith.
It took me quite a while to find a connection among these three readings, but it finally dawned on me that the connection is FAITH.
Because disease was perceived to be God’s punishment for sin, healing was considered to be evidence that transgression has been forgiven. The psalmist recovered after acknowledging himself to be a sinner. He praises God and recommends that others have faith in God and be obedient to his will.
1 Kings 19:1-8
In retaliation for the killing of the prophets of Ba’al, Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah, so he fled into the wilderness, where he was replenished in physical and emotional strength. Under the direction of God, enemies of the Lord were slaughtered, and Elijah anointed a new king and located Elisha, who would become Elijah’s successor as prophet.
Subsequently, there were years of war, but God had promised to leave “seven thousand” in Israel, those who were faithful to God.
This letter was to followers of Jesus who were losing their faith as Christians. They are reminded that Jesus was one of them as well as being one with God. The writer seeks to comfort them by pointing out that it is not with the angels God is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham.
The first page of the book of Matthew in the St. John’s Bible has a beautiful “family tree” of Jesus. (It can’t be reproduced here because of copyright, but you can see it online: http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/promotions/Custom.aspx?VID=1&ID=9) Remember that we are all part of this wonderful and wondrous family of faith, this family of Jesus.