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Elijah and the Brook Cherith (2 of 5)
Series: Bible Brooks
1 Kings 17:1-7
1. OBEDIENCE AND THE WORD OF GOD
A) Able to Hear God's Voice
B) Available to Hear God's Voice
2. OBEDIENCE AND THE WILL OF GOD
A) Prompt Obedience
B) Perfect Obedience
3. OBEDIENCE AND THE WORK OF GOD
A) A Glorious Work
B) A Greater Work
As we continue our look at Bible Brooks in this study we want to look to Elijah and the brook Cherith. The brook Cherith is only mentioned twice in the Bible and that in 1 Kings 17:3 and 5. The name means "cutting" or "separated." Some have identified it as what is now called Wadi Qelt near Jericho. This area has been described as one of the wildest ravines of this dry area. It is a narrow defile that is not uncommon in the area where steep banks, often taking the form of perpendicular cliffs confine the little stream that rushes in the rainy season. These cliffs, composed of the limestone rock of the country, are full of caves difficult to reach and an excellent place to hide.
It was to this area and by the brook Cherith that God sent His prophet Elijah. God's word came to Elijah with the command, "Get thee hence and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the book Cherith, that is before Jordan" (1 Kings 17:3). In verse 5 we see Elijah's response: "So he went and did according to the word of the Lord." Elijah did exactly what God had commanded him to do.
Christian Herter served as a congressman from Massachusetts from 1942 to 1953. During one of re-election campaigns, after a busy morning chasing votes he arrived at a Church barbecue. He hadn't eaten all day and was starved. As he moved through the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line. "Excuse me, "Congressman Herter said, "Do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?" "Sorry," the woman told, "I was told to only give one piece of chicken to each person." "But I ...
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