Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 12, 2015

“you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings 17:17-24.

“17 Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick;  and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him.  18 So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God?  You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!”  19 He said to her, “Give me your son.”  Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.  20 He called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?”  21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.”  22 The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he revived. 2 3 Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother;  and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.”  Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”  1 Kings 17:17-24.

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In this chapter, we have seen the widow of Zarephath face death three times.  We have seen the widow face death by famine, but the LORD delivered her by causing the bowl of flour and jar of oil to last.  We have seen the widow face the death of her son, but the LORD returned the life to him and he revived.  We have seen the widow face spiritual death in bringing her iniquity to remembrance, but the LORD caused her to believe.  “Then (seeing her son alive, raised from the dead) the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”  Verse 24.

The miracle of raising the boy from the dead in today’s Scripture points us to “the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”  Ephesians 1:19.  “These (the ability to believe and all other spiritual blessings that God gives us) are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,”  Ephesians 1:19-20.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the deadto obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  1 Peter 1:3-5.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”  Colossians 3:1.


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