A Word that Cannot Be Gainsaid

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Kings 17:17-24

Now I know . . . that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth. (v. 24, nkjv)

Elijah’s first words to the widow had been a pre-echo of what Jesus would say long afterwards: “Don’t worry about your food and drink, because God knows your need of such things” (Matthew 6:25-34). She had believed him and found that his God could indeed help with the problems of life. But surely even Yahweh was helpless in the face of death, the ultimate problem?

No, he was not. The God who could feed the living in a time of famine could also raise the dead. Of course the widow’s son, like the people whom Jesus would later raise from death, was going to die again. But every such miracle was a sign of the greater resurrection eagerly awaited by all the people of Jesus. He, “being raised from the dead, will never die again” (Romans 6:9), and neither will anyone whom he raises (John 11:25-26).

Back in Israel, Ahab’s kind of religion, which was proving to be pretty useless at coping with a prolonged drought, had no answer at all to the problem of death. But here in Sidon, the God of Israel has shown that he does have the answer.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the assurance of life beyond death; may it be in us a joyful testimony to the world around.