“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?” – One Year Bible Reading – June 18

Old Testament: 1 Kings 19: 1- 21

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1 Kings 19: 1- 8  H-A-L-T

Ahab told Jezebel what had happened with Elijah and Jezebel swore she’d kill him.

Elijah found out and ran for his life to Beersheba.  He sat under a tree and asked Yahweh to take his life.  It was quite a change of character for Elijah after being so bold.  But to be fair to Elijah, he may have been a little stressed out after his encounter with all the false prophets, then having to off them all and run down the hill.  Charles Stanley says in such situations we need to be especially careful.  When we are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired we have to be especially alert to attacks from Satan.  Elijah was all of those things.

So the first thing Yahweh did was send him an angel with some food and water.  (The angel was quite possibly an appearing of  Jesus Who is often deemed the “angel of the Lord” in the Old Testament.)  Then the angel told him to eat some more.  Elijah ate some more and was so refreshed he was able to travel forty days and nights to Mount Horeb.

1 Kings 19: 9- 21  Caving In

Elijah camped out in a cave in the mountain and Yahweh spoke to him there.  “What are you doing, Elijah?” Yahweh asked.  “I’ve done a lot for you,” Elijah replied.  “Now I’m the only one left to stand up for you but the queen is looking to off me.”

So Yahweh told him to stand on the mountain.  The Lord passed by him.  There was a gigantic storm, big enough to break rocks.  But the Lord wasn’t in that storm.  Then there was an earthquake but the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake.  Then there was a fire but, again, the Lord was not in the fire.  Then there was a gentle whisper of a voice. So Elijah wrapped himself up and went and stood in the entrance of the cave.  Yahweh said to him again, “What are you doing Elijah?”  Elijah gave Him the same answer, that he’d been doing God’s work, he was the last one left and now people are looking to off him.

Yahweh said to him, “Go back to Damascus and anoint Hazael king of Judah and anoint Jehu king over Israel.  Then anoint Elisha as a prophet in your place. If anyone escapes Hazael will be offed by Jehu and whoever escapes Jehu will be offed by Elisha.  And by the way, you’re not the only one left.  I have 7,000 people that have remained faithful to Me.”

Elijah went out and found Elisha.  Elisha was plowing with twenty four oxen.  Elijah threw his cloak on him.  Elisha wanted to kiss his parents goodbye.  Elijah said, “What do I care?”  After sacrificing a couple of the oxen, Elisha and his family ate them.  Then Elisha took off to follow Elijah.

New Testament:  Acts 12: 1 – 23

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Acts 12: 1 – 23  Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

It was about that time that nasty old King Herod grabbed some of the church members with the intent of abusing them.  He killed James, the Lord’s brother and head of the Jerusalem church, with a sword.  When he saw it made the Jews happy, he arrested Peter, too.  It was the time of Feast of Unleavened Bread.  He put him in prison under four squads of armed guards hoping to bring him out for trial after Passover.  A lot of people started praying for Peter.

Just before Peter was going to be brought to trial the next day, Peter was dozing between a couple soldiers while still in chains.  There were guards outside the room, too.  An angel appeared all of a sudden causing light to shine in the room.  The angel shook Peter awake and told to hurry and get up.  Peter’s chains just fell off of him.  The angel told him to pull up his robe and put on his sandals.  Peter thought it was only seeing a vision.  They went right past the first and second guard and through the gate that just happened to open on its own.  Then the angel went back to wherever angels go.

It started to dawn on Peter that he was free so he walked over to Mary’s house who was the mother of John Mark.  There was a large fellowship meeting there praying for him.  He knocked on the door and Rhoda answered (of course!  it was Mary’s house, get it?).

Rhoda was so excited to see Peter that she forgot to let him in and ran in to everyone else to tell them Peter was there!  They told her she was crazy and must be seeing a ghost.  Poor Peter kept knocking at the door so they finally let him in and they were dumbfounded.  He told them to chill so he could tell them what happened.  He told them to get the news to James and his fellowship.  Then Peter took off.

Meanwhile, back at the jail, the soldiers were in a tizzy trying to figure out what had happened to Peter.  Herod put out a search for him but came up empty so he had the guards offed.

Herod went down to Tyre and Sidon.  He was mad at him but they wanted peace with him because he was feeding them!  Herod put on his royal apparel one day and sat on his throne to address them.  The people were schmoozing him, yelling, “He’s a god, not a man!”  Then an angel of the Lord struck him down for not giving God glory.  Worms ate him and he went to the place where evil kings go.

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