Elijah – The Prophet Who Was Fed By God, TWICE!
Have any of you experienced being fed by an animal? Well, Elijah had.
Elijah was a prophet in the Old Testament. He was a very powerful man that performed many miracles and even challenged kings!
Yet, there were times when he was in trouble and God came to his rescue. Here are two interesting incidents.
1. Elijah Was Fed By Ravens
At that time, Ahab and his wife Jezebel ruled Israel. They were a wicked and cruel couple. They led the people astray by making them worship Baal instead of God.
God sent Elijah to tell Ahab that it wouldn’t rain in the land for a few years. God did this to punish the people for their sin, so that they would repent and turn back to Him. Fearing that Ahab might harm him, Elijah quickly ran away.
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. (1 Kings 17:2-6)
God kept Elijah alive during that time by sending ravens to feed him. God took care of Elijah because Elijah was a righteous man who obeyed God.
2. Elijah Was Fed By An Angel
After three long years, God sent Elijah to tell Ahab that He will bring down rain, so that the famine would finally end.
Then, God gave Elijah the power to challenge the 450 prophets of Baal. God enabled Elijah to perform a great miracle that day by sending down fire from the sky.
God wanted to prove to the people that He is the real God and that Baal’s prophets were totally powerless. After seeing God’s power, the people turned back to God.
Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. Once again, God came to Elijah’s rescue because He knew Elijah was fearful and discouraged. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he travelled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 17:2-6)
God sent an angel to comfort Elijah and provided him with baked bread and water. Can you imagine being fed by an angel? The food must have been very amazing, because Elijah was so strengthened by it that he travelled 40 days & nights!
I feel amazed by how much God cares for Elijah. He would even perform miracles and command animals to meet Elijah’s needs.
Elijah’s story helps me believe that God loves us and will always care for us, especially when we are feeling down and lonely.
Titus Lee is eight years old and enjoys playing the piano for his baby brother. He also loves reading about the heroes in the Bible.
From Top to Bottom:
Titus, Jojo (Josiah)
(Picture Credit: Chan Pei Ling)