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Cherith, from the Hebrew word pronounced ker-eeth, meaning cutting, was a seasonal stream (i.e. usually dry in summer) that flowed into The Jordan River (the Jordan itself originates in the far north of the land of Israel and flows south, through the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a freshwater lake, until it ends in the Dead Sea) in the area adjacent to Jericho. It was there that the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') told Elijah to take refuge during the beginning of a drought - that Elijah himself was given to prophesy. Christ's famous "No prophet is accepted in his own country" was stated in the context of that drought in the time of Elijah.
"4:24 And he said, Verily, I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow." (Luke 4:24-26 KJV)
"The brook Cherith, that is before Jordan"
Elijah wasn't merely given to go and somehow survive in the wilderness. The LORD provided miraculous delivery of food.
"17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
When the Cherith dried up because of the drought, the LORD then instructed Elijah to go north to Zarephath, a Phoenician town between Tyre and Sidon (as also described in the New Testament quote above). There, the miraculous sustenance continued.
"17:7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 17:8 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 17:9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. 17:11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.