"Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah?"
Text: Romans 11:2
A REFERENCE TO THE SCRIPTURES AGAIN
Paul kept referring to the Scriptures! What are some reasons why he did that? The following things may be highlighted:-
Paul cited the Scriptures as the basis of his authority. He believed that the Scripture had the final word on any doctrinal matter.
It is also very likely that Paul made frequent reference to the Scriptures because they were a powerful source of inspiration to him. The reference to Elijah seemed almost “strange”.
Elijah served God as a powerful prophet in the days of wicked king Ahab! False prophets abounded in Israel. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab swore that she would kill Elijah for he had slain her prophets (Cf. 1 Kings 19:2). In utter despair, Elijah cried out to God to complain that he was the only one left in Israel who was faithful to God (Romans 11:3)
1. Why did Elijah feel as he did… that he was all alone?
a) Elijah was a mighty prophet, but he was also no more than a man.
b) And as a man, there were weaknesses in him; fear was one big problem.
c) He feared that if he died, all hope for Israel would also have died with him!
2. Was Elijah correct in his view?
a) His view was expressed as a prayer to God.
b) He was personally convinced that he was right.
c) He personally did not know of any who had resisted Ahab and his idolatrous ways as he did!
BUT ELIJAH WAS WRONG IN HIS ASSESSMENT
God knew how Elijah felt. His servant was wrong in his assessment. To help fight despair He revealed a powerful truth to Elijah.
“I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have
not bowed the knee to Baal.”