The miracle of bread and oil (1 Kings 17:8-17:16)

Then the word of Yahweh came to Elijah. ‘Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon. Live there. I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’ So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and said. ‘Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.’ As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said. ‘Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ But she said. ‘As Yahweh your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug. I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son. We may eat it, and die.’ Elijah said to her. ‘Do not be afraid. Go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me. Afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says Yahweh the God of Israel. ‘The jar of meal shall not be emptied. The jug of oil will not fail until the day that Yahweh sends rain upon the earth.’ She went and did as Elijah said. Thus she and he, and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of Yahweh which he spoke by Elijah.”

Then Elijah gets another command from Yahweh. Elijah was to go to the northern town of Zarephath, near Sidon, probably a Phoenician town. There a widow would take care of him. When he got there, he saw a widow gathering sticks. He asked for water and got that. However, when he asked for a morsel of bread, she said that her and her son were about to die after they finished eating what they had in a jar and a jug. Elijah told her to make a cake for him with the meal and the oil. He said that the jar and jug would feed them since they would never be empty. That is exactly what happens. The never ending jar and jug provided meal and oil for the widow and her household until the drought came to an end. Everything happened the way that Elijah speaking for Yahweh said it would.

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