27
Jun
11

Early Reference to “Widows and Orphans”?

We now encounter the story of Elijah, an important prophet of the times.  His story begins with the widow of Zarephath.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.  Then the word of the LORD came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.”  So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”  — 1 Kings 17:7-12

I have to ask – what kind of place had the world become?  We see here a lonely widow and her son, who are about to eat their last meal, and then they expect to die!  Was there no one, besides Elijah and the Lord, who would take pity on her and help?

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