We left Elijah at the entrance of Jezreel, still appearing publicly, and all the people’s eyes upon him. In this chapter we have him again absconding, and driven into obscurity, at a time when he could ill be spared; but we are to look upon it as a punishment to Israel for the insincerity and inconstancy of their reformation. When people will not learn it is just with God to remove their teachers into corners. Now observe, I. How he was driven into banishment by the malice of Jezebel his sworn enemy, 1 Kgs. 19:1-3. II. How he was met, in his banishment, by the favour of God, his covenant-friend. 1. How God fed him, 1 Kgs. 19:4-8. 2. How he conversed with him, and manifested himself to him (1 Kgs. 19:9; 11-13), heard his complaint (1 Kgs. 19:10-14), directed him what to do (1 Kgs. 19:15-17), and encouraged him, 1 Kgs. 19:18. III. How his hands were strengthened, at his return out of banishment, by the joining of Elisha with him, 1 Kgs. 19:19-21.
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