I was thinking that we ask you all to document your thoughts, yet I haven’t shown you what it looks like for me to document my thoughts. So let’s give it a shot.
Below are my thoughts on just 1 Kings 17:
What stood out to you?
Elijah seems to live in an area where it’s hard to grow crops. Regardless, Elijah trusted for God to provide and God provided for Elijah.
Elijah was told to go to Zarephath and he just went…period. They seem to be in a relationship.
The widow was told to bake with everything she had and she did. Knowing that she was providing for her son seems like a huge step of faith.
What questions did the story raise?
Who is Elijah? What’s a Tishbite?
Where are all these places in relation to each other?
I feel like I’m coming in half way through a movie. How do Elijah and Ahab know each other? Who is Ahab?
What is the widow’s sin? Why did she feel guilty and didn’t want to be reminded of her sin?
Why did Elijah lay on her son three times? Why not just say something?
Did the widow and her son believe in God?
What is your impression of God in this story?
He provides. He has complete control over the ravens to bring Elijah food and provides Elijah water from the brook.
He is the central character of the chapter.
He genuinely cares about the widow and her son.
He is powerful. He made a dead boy come back to life.
Who are the characters?
God (the LORD God)
The widow of Zarephath
The widow’s son
I could spend at least a couple hours just studying and looking through 1 Kings 17. There’s just so much there. Along with having the Bible open, I also use a Bible Dictionary and a Bible map as I’m observing the chapter I’m reading. I typically will hold off on the commentaries until I get a good understanding of what’s going on. When I read a commentary first, at least for me, it can taint my understanding of the chapter.
Keep up the hard work!
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