At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
3 thoughts on “The Practice of No”
Really sad to not be able to watch your sermons anymore! I am not a techy, just a mom & grandma, who watches on her phone (I live in a trailer on a farm). I always just clicked “watch on the blog” but now, when I do, nothing happens! Well, bless you many times over for the beautiful msgs and thank you for being true followers of Jesus & his teachings. I am happy to know that there are others, like me, who believe His msg of Love….. Thanks! Kathy
Hey Kathy, This is sad! Thanks for letting us know. I will email you directly with some questions that will hopefully help us figure this out. In the mean time check out the sermon downloads tab on the right hand side of each sermon page. You can can download an audio or video file to your phone besides watching the sermon on the blog.
This week’s message, like those of the previous week’s provides some interesting insights.
When God created Adam and Eve in His image and placed them in the Garden of Eden, they were in a situation of perfect harmony both with themselves, God and creation….everything was ‘very good’.
The ‘Law’ for them to continue in this state was not to eat from the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’. This later led to the temptation by Satan to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree. As one commentator has remarked that temptation occurs where there is innocence…where there is guilt Satan has already won.
This in one sense was a ‘no’ situation for the primal couple but through disobedience led to death. Put simply, real or abundant life only exists in God then any situation outside God is death. Adam and Eve then became dislocated in their relationship with God, creation and, of course, between themselves…..and also within their own bodies as ‘individuals’. The complexity (rather than simplicity) of this self ‘lifestyle’ is really beyond comprehension. The whole creation was only made to function (‘very good’) for people created in His image through obedience in love to God (as true sons of God)…operating outside this means that you can only be in conflict with yourself, each other, creation and God.
In one sense, the giving of the Law and the sacrificial system to the Israelites was a means for them to return to obedience to God….and a simplicity of lifestyle. The further aspects of this and Jesus, was discussed briefly in my previous post. However, Paul’s instruction to the Galations highlights both the issues of the old lifestyle together with that of the new (Gal 5:16-25),
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. “
When Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit and tempted by Satan, His situation was little different to Adam and Eve in Eden. Rather than give into the temptations, they were all rebutted…..He walked by the Spirit and refused the desires of the flesh that Satan was tempting Him with. Interestingly, Satan’s temptations started with food but when this and the second temptation failed, it would appear the best Satan could offer were the kingdoms of this world, provided Jesus would bow down and worship him. However, in another sense this was the goal of Jesus to put the kingdoms of the world under His feet (control) and hand them to His Father.