171 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, saith unto Ahab, 'Jehovah, God of Israel, liveth, before whom I have stood, there is not these years dew and rain, except according to my word.' 2 And the word of Jehovah is unto him, saying, 3 'Go from this 'place'; and thou hast turned for thee eastward, and been hidden by the brook Cherith, that 'is' on the front of the Jordan, 4 and it hath been, from the brook thou dost drink, and the ravens I have commanded to sustain thee there.' 5 And he goeth and doth according to the word of Jehovah, yea, he goeth and dwelleth by the brook Cherith, that 'is' on the front of the Jordan, 6 and the ravens are bringing to him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening, and of the brook he drinketh. 7 And it cometh to pass, at the end of days, that the brook drieth up, for there hath been no rain in the land,
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 17:1-7
Commentary on 1 Kings 17:1-7
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God wonderfully suits men to the work he designs them for. The times were fit for an Elijah; an Elijah was fit for them. The Spirit of the Lord knows how to fit men for the occasions. Elijah let Ahab know that God was displeased with the idolaters, and would chastise them by the want of rain, which it was not in the power of the gods they served to bestow. Elijah was commanded to hide himself. If Providence calls us to solitude and retirement, it becomes us to go: when we cannot be useful, we must be patient; and when we cannot work for God, we must sit still quietly for him. The ravens were appointed to bring him meat, and did so. Let those who have but from hand to mouth, learn to live upon Providence, and trust it for the bread of the day, in the day. God could have sent angels to minister to him; but he chose to show that he can serve his own purposes by the meanest creatures, as effectually as by the mightiest. Elijah seems to have continued thus above a year. The natural supply of water, which came by common providence, failed; but the miraculous supply of food, made sure to him by promise, failed not. If the heavens fail, the earth fails of course; such are all our creature-comforts: we lose them when we most need them, like brooks in summer. But there is a river which makes glad the city of God, that never runs dry, a well of water that springs up to eternal life. Lord, give us that living water!