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08 November 2015

Pentecost 24 Sermon: Trustworthy Word, Trustworthy Lord

Preached on 1 Kings 17:8-16
Proper 27B/Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
8 November AD 2015

Title: Trustworthy Word, Trustworthy Lord (MP3 Audio)

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath Summary: Just as happened with the widow of Zarephath, God’s Word still creates trust in doubting hearts. Furthermore, when we doubt and waver, God credits us with the faithfulness of His Son who constantly and completely trusted in His Father even in the midst of suffering and death.

This trust becomes more than passively accepting the divine will. The Holy Spirit also moves believers to act on this trust, to give of themselves not only out of our riches but also—as in the case of the widow in today’s Gospel—out of our poverty and weakness.

Whether He is filling us up or emptying us out, we can have confidence that all God does, he does for our good, both in this life and to life everlasting.

Text: Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.”

So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”

And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’”

And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:8-16

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of the Proper 27B sermon Trustworthy Word, Trustworthy Lord

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

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