1 Kings 17:17-24 [ESV]
17 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” 19 And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. 20 And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again.” 22 And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” 24 And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
01. Read 1 Kings 17:17-24. Even though the widow is not an Israelite, what do verses 17-18 reveal about our internal spiritual condition?
02. How did Elijah respond to the widow’s accusation? (vv. 19-20a) How did the LORD acknowledge Elijah’s cry? (v. 22)
03. Look again and think about the profound meaning and mystery of vv. 22-23. This is the first time in Scripture where someone who had died is raised to life. What is the significance of this (at that time) miracle occurring outside of Israel’s boundaries, in the home of a Sidonian woman?
04. Re-read Elijah’s prayer in v. 21. Why is it so astonishing? How does the faith of our own prayer lives compare with Elijah’s?
05. The final words of this narrative are: “Now I know . . . that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth” (v. 24). Jesus echoes her words when He prays, “Your Word is truth” (John 17.17). How can we allow the truth of God’s Word to shape our thought patterns, our personalities, our daily routines?