Memorable Scripture: Obedience to God leads to Provision from God.

The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:16

Ravens feed Elijah and he drinks water from a brook but a lack of rain starts drying up the water. God directs Elijah to go to Zarephath and stay with a widow.
Elijah, an Israelite, is directed to go to a widow, a Gentile. Under the Law this was socially unacceptable. This story sounds similar to the one involving Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10.
As with Peter, Elijah learns a lesson. He’s already been fed by an unclean bird – the raven, which is also socially unacceptable.

His first encounter with the widow finds her gathering sticks to cook the last meal for her and her son.
Elijah insists on a drink of water (in a severe drought) and for her to cook him something first.
Imagine her surprise that an Israelite prophet comes to her with this request. She is a citizen of Sidon, from which Queen Jezebel originates.

God uses this Gentile widow to care for Elijah during the drought and rewards her with a jar of oil that never runs dry and a bin of flour that never goes empty.

Obedience to God leads to provision from God. Sometimes that obedience and provision come in an unusual way or from an unusual source.

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