1 Kings 17: Elijah saves a child


Elijah is a Tishbit in Gilead. He predicts there will be no dew or rain these years. The Lord tells Elijah to go east and hide by the brook Cherith near Jordan. Drink from the brook for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. Once the brook dries up for lack of rain the Lord tells him to go to Zarepahath. He asks a woman there for food and she says, I have only enough for me and my son. He tells her bring it anyway and he was able to feed the woman, and her son and Elijah for many days.  At some point the son falls ill and stops breathing.  Elijah stretches himself on top of the child three times and prays to God to revive the child. The child is revived. The woman says, now I know you are a man of God.

In other words:

Elijah saves a child and becomes a prophet.

Favorite bit:

1 Kings 17:4, 6 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Weirdest bit:

1 Kings 17:21 And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again. (Not sure why he had to lie on top of the unbreathing child 3 times, but it seems to have worked. Maybe it was like CPR).

Moral Lesson Learned:

Be nice to ravens (1 Kings 17)