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Elijah hears the voice of the Lord

Elijah hears the voice of the Lord
Bible Accent: Joshua and the promised land
Saint for Today: St. Laurence

Elijah hears the voice of the Lord

King Ahab was very angry when he learned that Elijah had all of the prophets of the false God Baal killed. Elijah had shamed the prophets by showing the mighty power of God, who sent fire down from heaven and burned an altar even though Elijah has soaked it with water.
Ahab told Jezebel what had happened, and she sent a messenger to find Elijah. The messenger reached Elijah, and said, “May the gods do thus and so to me if by this time tomorrow I have not done with your life what was done to each of them.”
Elijah was frightened and he ran to Beer-sheba in Judah. He left his servant there and continued on for another day by himself into the desert. He found some shade under a broom tree and sat down to rest and to pray. “This is enough, O Lord,” he cried out. “Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” Then Elijah fell asleep under the tree.
An angel appeared, and he touched Elijah and told him to get up and to have something to eat. Elijah saw that a hearth cake and a jug of water had been placed near him. After eating and drinking, he tried to go back to sleep. The angel of the Lord came back and woke Elijah up again.
“Get up and eat,” said the angel, “else the journey will be too long for you!” Elijah finished the food and walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There, Elijah found shelter in a cave. When he entered the cave, the Lord called out to him.
“Why are you here, Elijah?”
Elijah answered, “I have been most zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts, but the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.” “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by.”
Elijah stepped out of the cave. A wind blew with such force that its power crushed the rocks that it pushed off the mountain. But the Lord was not in the wind. An earthquake shook the ground, but the Lord was not there. Then there was fire, but the Lord was not in it. The Elijah heard the voice of the Lord in a whisper.
1 Kings 19
1. Why did Elijah run away?
2. Who called Elijah from inside the cave?

Bible Accent: Joshua and the promised land

When we hear the name Joshua, it is easy to associate him with the battle of Jericho, the city that God helped to defeat and conquer. But Joshua was chosen by God to be the man who led the people of Israel into the promised land after they had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
God told Joshua (Chapter 1) “I will deliver to you every place where you set foot.” The Lord guided Joshua as they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan, which was the promised land. This crossing was followed by the famous battle of Jericho, which the Israelites won by walking around the city for seven days. On the seventh day the Israelites blew their trumpets and shouted. The city’s walls collapsed, and the Israelites were given a victory by the Lord.

Saint for Today: St. Laurence

What we know of St. Laurence (d. 258), a deacon under Pope Sixtus II, is taken from the writings of St. Ambrose and other Christian scholars. When Emperor Valerian published his edicts against Christianity in the year 257, one of the first Christians put to death under those edicts was the pope. Laurence asked why his friend and teacher was leaving him. The pope replied that Laurence would join him in three days. Laurence gathered as many of the poor, unfortunate, and unhappy people as would follow him and he brought them before the prefect, who was furious at such a showing of people. Laurence told him, “Behold the treasures of the church.” For his actions, Laurence was sentenced to death by slow burning, but his memory is still cherished by many Christians. We honor him on August 10.

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