Date: June 13, 1999

Series: Elijah -- An Instrument of God's Grace

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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You Shall Love The Lord Your God
I Kings 16:29-17:24

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God promised Israel that they should look for His Prophet for he would put His words in His mouth and they should listen to Him. (Duet. 18:15-19) That Prophet of God became the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:22-26). In Him was life and that life was the light of men. The light that shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it...the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have see his glory, the glory of the One and only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:4-5) Until Godís prophet came to this earth, He used many faithful prophets over the years to speak to His people about His grace and truth in the midst of dark and corrupt world. Elijah was just such a prophet who was sent to Israel by God. He was used of God to encourage the faithful and to shine the light of grace and truth into the dark spiritual world of King Ahab and his evil queen Jezebel who were drowning in a sea of idolatry and trying to take Godís people with them. (974-853 BC. See 1 Kings 17:1 Ė 2 Kings 2:11).

You Shall Love the Lord your God with your Whole Heart

1. Because He is the One and Only living God -- 1 Kings 16:29-17:1
Ahab: The Evil King (16:29-30)
Jezebel: The Idolatrous Queen (16:31-33)
Hiel: The Rebellious Contractor (16:34)
Elijah: The Radical Prophet (17:1)

2. Because He is filled with Grace and Truth -- 1 Kings 17:2-24
God is our Powerful Protector (17:2-3)
God is our Gracious Providor (17:4-16)
God is our Awesome Life and Truth (17:17-24)

Questions to Consider
1. What current areas of your life are you being tempted to enter into idolatry?
2. What current areas of your life do you fear God will not provide for your needs?
3. What current areas of your life have you discovered God is alive and care for you and your family and friends?
4. Could it be said by others that you "Love the Lord God with all your heart"?

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