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Elijah’s Message to Ahab

After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly; when Jezebel was killing off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets, hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself. As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him, fell on his face, and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” He answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.” And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant over to Ahab, to kill me? As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you; and when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would require an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. But now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ As soon as I have gone from you, the spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered the Lord from my youth. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred of the Lord’s prophets fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water? Yet now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here’; he will surely kill me.” Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” He answered, “I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” (1 Kings 18:1-19, NRSV)

Is it you, you troubler of Israel?

The prophets were not well received because they brought the message of God’s destruction on Israel because Israel had turned away from God.

But isn’t that human nature? We don’t like it when someone tells us that God has done something different than what we are doing or what we have been taught.

We know what God wants and that will always be the same.

And yes that is true, God wants us to follow Him and not worship other gods.

God wants us to follow Him and do what He commands even when it is different from where we think He is calling us and different from what we have learned.

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I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6, NRSV)

We are to be united in what holds us together.

There is one body.

There is one Spirit.

There is one calling.

There is one Lord.

There is one faith.

There is one baptism.

There is one God.

There is one Father of all.

We have this in common, so nothing should keep us from being in unity!

 

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Set your mind

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4, NRSV)

We have been buried with Christ and raised with Christ, so we can not think about earthly things but must cast our thoughts to heavenly things.

We must think about the tings that God has for us and follow after them. So do not worry about earthly things but focus on where God is calling you!

 

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Perspective…

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-22, NRSV)

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Would you leave everything behind and follow someone on a new strange adventure?

Well and it is more than following…

YOu see Jesus actually does not invite these brothers on a new adventure…

Jesus says to them dueto opiso mue.

Jesus actually says opiso mue later in the gospel of Matthew in chapter 16, where He says to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Get Behind Me!

Jesus says to the brothers, “Now Get behind me!” It is am imperative, a command! He is telling them to get their perspective correct.

It is not a come along with me, but a follow me where I will lead. If you can not see the back of my head, then please rearrange your life, so you are following me…

Jesus is asking you to get your perspective correct as well…

Can you see Jesus?

Or do you need a change of perspective?

 

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for your servant is listening…

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Samuel 3:1-9, NRSV)

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and you get done with a long explanation of a problem, and you ask them their thoughts, and you wait…

and wait…

and wait…

and finally ask them, “Did you hear me?”

And their answer is, “Huh?!?”

I wonder how many times God has done that to us…

God says He loves us and tells us all the wonderful things He has planned, and then He asks us what we think, and waits…

and waits…

and waits…

and when we finally hear Him, we say, “what was that again?”

Or “I wish God would make my life and choices clearer!!!”

We miss the forest for the trees! we get so hung up in our life, our way, we miss the calling of our wonderful creator and miss the wonderful life He has for us!

So listen! Because God is calling you to a wonderful life, and He is speaking to you!

Are you, His servant, listening?

 

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Can you hear?

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah (Psalm 50:1-6 ESV)

God is calling and summoning all of the world from the rising of the sun to its setting…

God does not keep silent, He is calling us to Him. He is a devouring fire and will judge the world.

He is calling us to Him. Can you hear Him?

Are you ready to listen and follow where He is leading?

 

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Blasphemy…

The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods”? If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods”—and the scripture cannot be annulled—can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ And many believed in him there. (John 10:31-42 NRSV)

How many of you have ever been charged with blasphemy?

OK we really don’t charge for blasphemy in the church, but how many of you have been held to a standard of what you have said or done is just out of line with what the church has taught?

You see the Jews wanted to kill Jesus not because He was good but because He was teaching them something that was against what they knew to be good and right. Even though what He was teaching them was in the scriptures!

How many of you go to a worship gathering where the pipe organ is used? Do you know that now if you try to have worship with some other means of musical accompaniment that it is considered blasphemy in some congregations? Did you also know that when the organ was introduced to worship settings it was the instrument of the devil and should not be used in worship?

Also how many of you go to a place of worship that has a woman pastor? This was blasphemy in many places until just recently and still to this day is not acceptable in some denominations…

We are really hung up on the “we have never done it that way” that we miss the forest for the trees.

We are suppose to be followers of Christ. Not followers of the way we have always done it. So listen to wheat He is calling you to do and do it!

 

 

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