‘Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him, “Depart from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, that is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.’ Thus begins the 1st Book of Kings Chapter 17 dramatically introducing us to the figure of Elijah who shortly is to meet the widow of Zarephath and to raise her son from the dead. Fr Robbie Low considers the significance of Elijah’s name which means ‘God alone is God’. As the prophet called by God to confront the pagan polytheism of his times, his name is indeed prophetic.
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