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The Days of Elijah, Part 1

June 21, 2020

Statue of Moses, Library of Congress, Author Carol Highsmith (PD as work product of Federal govt.)

This Bible Study will focus on Scriptural passages with bearing on the present day.  Some are prophetic.  Others are not, but speak to our circumstances, as if penned yesterday.  All offer us assurance and encouragement, in God’s own words.

These are the days of Elijah [1]

“ ‘But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land…’ ” (Luke 4: 25).

Jesus, Himself, spoke of the “days of Elijah,” a time of drought lasting over three years with severe famine the result.  We are not living in the days of the prophet, Elijah, literally speaking.  For many, however, ours is a time of hardship and testing.

Christianity is often ridiculed, and persecution not far off.

While there is widespread drought in our nation as of this writing, the drought for us is as much spiritual as physical [2]. We are bombarded by information, while the concept of truth has been virtually lost.  Though few realize it, we are famished for the Word of God.

Ultimately, Elijah brought rain and revival.  Christians long for the quickening of the Holy Spirit, a downpour turning this beloved nation of ours once again toward God.

Declaring the word of the Lord

“…[T]he word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward’ ” (Gen. 15: 1).

The “word of the Lord” is a phrase used consistently throughout Scripture to designate communication from God.  Patriarchs and prophets received their instruction in this way, then conveyed God’s message to His people.

As Christians in this modern day and age, we, too, have a responsibility to declare the word of the Lord, the Gospel message.  This is the Great Commission (Mark 16: 15).  Our audience is the world which is in desperate need of Salvation.

And these are the days of Your servant, Moses

Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue’ ” (Ex. 4: 10).

Despite our inadequacies, we stand on the verge of great things.  This is not greatness as the world esteems it.  Rather, this is the greatness of the Lord.  His power is beyond measure, His love beyond imagining.  And we have the enormous privilege of being His servants, His adopted children, and making Him known to the world.

Like Moses, we seek to liberate – not just from the bondage of an earthly ruler, but from the slavery of sin.  This is accomplished not by any merit of our own, but by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Righteousness being restored

“ ‘I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city’ ” (Is. 1: 26).

We look around us, and see the effects of evil everywhere.   Our economy was booming before the coronoavirus hit.  But our very system of government has been perverted by the enormous sums of money thrown at it to buy influence.

And though these are days of great trial

“…[I]n a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy…” (2 Cor. 8: 2).

By the grace of God, in a great trial there is, nonetheless, joy.  We cling to Him and to one another, grateful for things we once took for granted.

Of famine and darkness and sword

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age…” (Eph. 6: 12).

Darkness is advancing.  Ignorance is on the increase.  Drugs and violence are widespread.  Terrorism is a constant threat, evil decked out as devotion.

We yearn for a better time, a time that never existed short of Paradise.  But we hold fast to hope, in the certain knowledge that one day Jesus will return for us.


[1]  The lyrics of the popular hymn “Days of Elijah” by Robin Mark © 1997 Daybreak Music Ltd. are used as a jumping off point for this Bible study.  Complete lyrics may be found at http://robinmark.com/Lyrics/daysofelijah.htm.

[2]  Smithsonian Magazine, “The American West May Be Entering A ‘Megadrought’ Worse Than Any in Historical Record” by Brian Handwerk, 4/16/20, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/american-west-may-be-entering-megadrought-worse-any-historical-record-180974688/.

Originally posted 8/29/12

This series will conclude next week.

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16 Comments
  1. Spot on, Anna. Thanks for giving us your perspective – refreshing and biblical in the best sense. Let’s keep ‘prophesying’ in HOPE! God’s redeemed will hear and act.

    • Thank you for the encouragement, Erroll! In what seem like dark and difficult times, may Christians everywhere serve as a light to those in darkness.

      Blessings,

      A. ❤

  2. Great post, Anna. The world is indeed famished with the Word of God. Christians need to step up and share the Word, one soul at a time – if necessary.

    • Thank you so much, Benj! As it happens, I love the song “The Days of Elijah”. It lifts my heart. That was the inspiration for the post.

  3. Allan Halton permalink

    Anna, you wrote, “We are bombarded by information, while the concept of truth has been virtually lost. Though few realize it, we are famished for the Word of God.”

    I think you have in mind Amos’ prophecy of God sending “a famine… of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). I’m not sure I fully comprehend this prophecy, but its context seems to be saying that since the word of the Lord was lightly esteemed, even rejected, when it was readily available, He intended to bring upon them a time when, as verse 12 states, “they shall wander from sea to sea and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord and shall not find it.”

    Is not that time upon us now? Surely with all the upheaval and turmoil people are beginning to realize their deepest need, and are starting to seek out the word of the Lord, the living word of the Lord that proceeds from His mouth, and they begin “hearing” with the kind of hearing that falls upon a repentant ear. Yes, there may be a time when “they shall not find it,” but with further whole-hearted seeking they shall find. “Seek,” said Jesus, “and ye shall find.”

    • I hope and pray that is true, that this time of turmoil is a preface to revival, Allan. We so desperately need it.

  4. I love that song, and your insight and scripture was a perfect companion to it. Thank you for posting! 🙂

  5. Wonderful post, sister. I found myself saying Amen while reading. I also love that song, I am heading to YouTube to hear it.

  6. Daily Cross Walk permalink

    Wow. This article is so much full of insights and revelation. The truth is that the world is really in need of Jesus right now. And only those who seek him shall find him. Amen.
    God bless you
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