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Friday, May 30 2014

1 Kings 17: How Did Elijah Raise The Dead?

"And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived"

Elijah, from the Hebrew name pronounced ayl-ee-yaw, meaning God is the LORD, was a prominent prophet of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) during the time of wicked King Ahab and his infamous wife Jezebel of the northern Kingdom of Israel (see The First Kings Of Israel and Judah). Elijah was from the Israelite territory east of the Jordan River (see The Israel Of East Jordan).


"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.

17:2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

17:5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." (1 Kings 17:1-6 KJV)

The resurrection of the widow's son at Zarephath was accomplished by the Holy Spirit of God that alone has the power of life. All physical life was created from lifeless matter by the Holy Spirit (see Adam and Adamah) and all physical life is sustained by the Holy Spirit (see What Makes Physical Life Possible?).

The English word "soul" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, sawel, that meant a lifetime. It is commonly used to translate the Hebrew word pronounced nay-fesh, which means a breathing creature - human or animal (see the full, detailed study in the Fact Finder question below). When a physical creature dies, it gives up that life breath (see Giving Up The Ghost). The miracle of the widow's son was the restoration of his life breath, by means of the Holy Spirit ("the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived"), so that he became "a living soul" again.

"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.

17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 17:14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

17:17 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 17:18 And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

17:19 And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 17:20 And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.

17:22 And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 17:23 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

17:24 And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth." (1 Kings 17:7-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does the Word of God truly say about the human "soul"?
See What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?

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This Day In History, May 30

70: As prophesied by the Messiah about 40 years earlier (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), Roman legions (see Legions Of Men And Angels) under the command of Titus Vespasianus (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots) breached the wall of Jerusalem.

Fallen Stones 1416: Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic at the Council of Constance (convened by the Emperor Sigismund, and Antipope John XXIII; see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1434: The Battle of Lipany during the Hussite Wars. Utraquist forces defeated Taborite forces.

1498: Christopher Columbus left Spain with six ships on his third voyage of exploration to the Caribbean Sea (all four of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually limited to the islands of the Caribbean; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1536: King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, his third wife (who had been "a lady-in-waiting," in more ways than one, to his first two wives), 11 days after his second wife, Anne Boleyn (who Henry defied the Pope and created the Church of England to marry), was beheaded for alleged adultery.

1539: Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto landed in what is today known as Florida (from the Spanish name given to it, La Florida, which means "flowery land") with 600 hundred soldiers in search of gold.

1574: Henry III (Alexandre Edouard de France) was crowned King of France.

1631: La Gazette, the first newspaper of France, began publishing.

1806: Andrew Jackson (who later became U.S. President) killed attorney Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson called Jackson "a poltroon and a coward."

1832: The Rideau Canal, linking the Ottawa River at Ottawa (Canada's capital city) with Lake Ontario at Kingston, was opened to traffic.

1842: John Francis attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria as she was being driven down Constitution Hill in London.

1848: Under an end-of-war treaty signed in February 1848 and ratified on this day by Mexico, the U.S. took New Mexico and California as well as parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado from Mexico in return for the negligible sum $15 million.

1859: The bell known as "Big Ben" rang for the first time in London.

1876: The Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and replaced by his nephew Murat V (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1913: In a treaty signed in London to end the first Balkan War between the Balkan League (Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro) and the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman Empire lost almost all of its European territory.

1942: 1,047 Royal Air Force bombers set off to bomb Cologne in the R.A.F.'s first "thousand plane raid" of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1962: Adolph Eichmann, 56, Nazi war criminal, was hanged at the Ramla Prison in Israel after being found guilty of 1961 war crimes trial. Israeli agents captured and returned him from Argentina in 1960. His body was incinerated (just as were millions of holocaust victims that Eichmann and the other Nazis were responsible for; see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the ashes were dumped at sea.

1972: The Lod Airport Massacre in Tel Aviv by the "Japanese Red Army," on behalf of the "Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine," killed 24 people and wounded 78.

1989: A 33-foot "Goddess of Democracy" statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1998: 5,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in northern Afghanistan.


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