By Pastor Bob Myers
Why Study Elijah? Let me give you reasons…
1.He’s one of the Greats. Of all of the people who have ever lived, Elijah is on the short list for the greatest who ever lived. He lived about 900 years before Jesus Christ. His minister lasted only about two years, compared to his lesser known successor, Elisha, whose ministry lasted close to 50 years.
Elijah’s name occurs 97 times in the Bible, with 29 of those times occurring in the New Testament. His ministry was to the other prophets what Moses' ministry was to the Law.
His name keeps coming up. In the last verses of the Old Testament, the coming of one who comes in the spirit of Elijah is prophesied (Malachi 4:5). In the New Testament, John the Baptist’s ministry is compared by Jesus to that of Elijah (Matthew 11:14). Elijah appears with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration to minister to Jesus before His coming passion.
When Jesus was groaning on the cross, bystanders thought they heard Jesus calling on Elijah, and some of those who heard it staying to see if Elijah did indeed come (Matthew 27:47-49). In Jesus’ inaugural address, he offended the crowd by highlighting that Elijah’s ministry of miracles was primary to Gentiles (Luke 4:25-26).
2. Elijah’s ministry is one of the most God anointed ministries ever.He boldly spoke God’s Word and confronted unfaithfulness. His ministry was one of the most miracle-accompanied eras in all of history. And yet the Bible characterizes him as a pattern for us ordinary types. He was made extraordinary through the same means that God has given us, by praying. "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth." James 5:17
3.Elijah ministered in times of discouragement. Do you feel like you live in a hard time or a hard place? Elijah did too. Do you feel lonely and alone? Elijah felt it to the extreme. Have you failed and had to abandon all efforts as you collapsed? Elijah did too. Do you feel that there is little that you can do to really influence an apostate age? Elijah felt this.
In studying Elijah’s life and times and ministry, we are studying a person that God says is a pattern for all time for all people in all places. This week I will kick off the summer series by preaching 1 Kings 17. I encourage you read ahead and re-read the account of Elijah’s life that begins there.
Ordinary Superheroes: Elisha & Elijah
June 2 1 Kings 17, World Starving at Death’s Door Meet God’s Supernatural Abundance, Bob Myers
June 9 URBAN ALLIANCE OF CHURCH PLANTERS, Ephesians 4, Pastor Dr. Isaac Frere is Preaching. Isaac is the pastor of the Acts 29 Fort Lauderdale Church Plant Covenant supports.
June 16 1 Kings 18:1-15, Prophetic Confrontation and Concealment, Bob Myers
June 23 1 Kings 18:16-46, Choose This Day, Rob Chifokoyo
June 30 1 Kings 19: 1-18, Elijah’s Collapse, Rob Bloss
July 7 1 Kings 19:19-21, Elijah’s Under-Study, Rob Chifokoyo
July 14 1 Kings 21, Elijah and Social Justice, Bob Myers
July 21 2 Kings 1, Fire From Heaven, Rob Chifokoyo
July 28 2 Kings 2, Succession and A Double Portion, Rob Bloss
August 4 2 Kings 5, Naaman and the Miraculous Washing, Rob Chifokoyo
August 11 2 Kings 6, Open Our Eyes, Bob Myers