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Hearing Things, Seeing Things: The Elijah Cycle (3)

. 3 min read

Call to Worship, Psalm 5
Children, Matthew
6.9-13 (Lord’s Prayer)
Message, 1 Kings 18.41-46
Review:
      Drought
declared (Baal’s death)
      Showdown
of the gods/prophets
      Prayer
for rain … not Baal’s new life, but God’s grace
Elijah prays and acts on things
that he hears, things he sees – that no one else hears or sees. It is what
distinguishes the “prayer of faith” and what ushers in the gift of the Spirit.
Future things:
      Elijah
            Eat
now, rain is coming
            Leave
now, ahead of the storm
Jacques Ellul: Understand and
dominate the present by means of the future
      Our
call:
      Act
with confidence
      Pray
with expectation
      Stand
on the promise
      So
often, however, we live in fear, often afraid of failure
2 Timothy 1:7  God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but
rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
      College
search fraught with rejection anxiety – rain is coming!

Human things:
      Story
of man in flood, praying for God to deliver him
      Bruce
Almighty looking for a sign
      Elijah:
            Cloud
the SHAPE of human hand a sign of the work of God
      Jo
Slapinski:
            Confirmation
testimonies … sign, the church in good hands
            Jo
… a sign that we are open to the emerging face of the ch
      Last
year’s high school graduates:
            Kailee,
mission trip this summer to the Czech Republic
            Steven,
Habitat for Humanity team
Small things:
      Elijah
            Cloud
the SIZE of human hand a sign
      Discipline
of paying attention to small things
            Not
the focus of obsessives, but the focus of the grateful
            Thanks
for doing the dishes
Zechariah 4:10  “Who despises the day of small things?
Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. (NIV)
Elijah’s “Prayer offered in faith” (James 5) is a prayer that ACTS on future
things, human things, small things.
Gift of the Spirit
      Not
an explicit connection, but a resonance
      Rain
as a metaphor in the prophets for the Spirit
Joel 2:23  O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the
LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has
poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before.
Joel 2:26  You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and
praise the name of the LORD your God
Joel 2:28-29  Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on
all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall
dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  29 Even on the male and female
slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
      7
times looking to the sky
            7
weeks from Passover (cross) to Pentecost (Spirit)
            7
days (10?) from Ascension to Pentecost
      Baptismal
laying on of hands
            “The Holy Spirit work within
you”
      Our
thirst for God, and a prayer that God delights to answer

Psalm 104:30  When you send forth your spirit, they are
created; and you renew the face of the ground.