This week the Scripture will be presented in dramatic form by the Youth Group. The reading they are working with is 1 Kings 18:20-39
The Sermon title is Have Trust, Have Faith
Early Thoughts: So one of the heroes of Hebrew Scriptures is a bit of a jerk...again.
I mean really Elijah doesn't seem the most likable in this story does he? He is a bit of a braggart (to say the least). He insults the faith of his neighbours (and rivals). And then in the next verse after this reading he has all the prophets of Baal killed.
Sometimes you have to wonder what it means to be a hero.....
On the other hand....
Elijah should not succeed. In the numbers game he is terribly outnumbered. And he seems bound and determined to create a situation where success is impossible. But he has faith. But he trusts in YHWH. But he knows in his heart the YHWH has called him to this place, the YHWH is the one who will succeed.
And guess what? Elijah is right.
God is with Elijah. And God is at work in the story. And so Elijah is vindicated (well maybe other than the killing that follows but maybe that is why our reading stops at verse 39). This story proves (at least to the people of Israel) the "my God is better than your God".
But why do we read it today? Do we still feel the need to prove that "our God is better"? Or do we read it to remind ourselves that we have a God who is with us and is active in the world? I don't quite believe that all things are possible with God. I do believe that there are things that seem impossible that are possible when we remember that we are not alone.
AS George Micheal once told us "ya gotta have faith-a faith-a faith"