1 Kings 17:2, “And the word of the Lord came to him.”
“God raised up Elijah at a critical time, when the worship of Baal threatened the very existence of the worship of the true God of Israel. Elijah was perhaps associated with the ‘sons of the prophets’ at Bethel, Jericho, and Gilgal…His prominence among the Old Testament prophets is seen in the fact that the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist, was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). It is also interesting that Moses (the giver of the law) and Elijah (a representative the prophets) stood with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:3).” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible
2 Samuel 20:9, “And Joab said to Amasa, ‘Is it well with you, my brother?’ And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.”
Why did Joab kill Amasa? Because he had been replaced by him.
2 Samuel 17:25, “Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army instead of Joab…”
Why did Amasa trust him? The answer is found in the same verse.
2 Samuel 17:25, “…Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeuriah, Joab’s mother.”
Amasa was his cousin. Joab killed his cousin because he wanted to be in charge of the army.
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Abraham Lincoln
At the Faith Conference last night, Charles Barclay declared that we are in the beginning moments of a Spiritual Awakening…“Christians are waking up. Blatant sinners are waking up; their eyes are being opened. They are no longer in a stupor. Prodigals will wake up.”
How do they “Wake up?”
Acts 9:18, “Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he could see…”
Last night when Pastor Monte introduced Charles Barclay, the people in the first three rows stood up. It was not a standing ovation because he had not said a word!
They were saying, “Welcome. We are glad you are here. We love you. We look forward to spending time with you.” Jesus did the same thing for Stephen.
Acts 7:55, “But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, where he saw our glorious God and Jesus standing at his right side.”
“Standing at his right side: The ‘right side’ is the place of honor and power. ‘Standing’ may mean that Jesus is welcoming Stephen (see v. 59).” CEV Bible Notes