4 September 2022 Sunday Morning Service
1 Kings 17:8-16
17:8 Then the word of the LORD came to him:
17:9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.”
17:10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”
17:11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
17:12 “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread–only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it–and die.”
17:13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.
17:14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.'”
17:15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
17:16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
4:15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
4:17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
4:19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
4:20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
4:21 and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
4:22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
4:23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'”
4:24 “I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
4:25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.
4:26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.
4:27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed–only Naaman the Syrian.”
4:28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
4:29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
4:30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.