[靈修筆記] Reflection on 1 Kings 17 and John 4

Elijah and the widow of Sarepta
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 1 Kings 17:9 « Get up, go to Zarephath in Sidonian territory, and live there. I have already told a widow who lives there to provide for you. »

John 4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, « Give me some water to drink. »

Once a pagan widow in Zarephath of Sidon receives inexhaustible bread flour from the prophet. Then at another instance a divorced Samaritan woman appears before another prophet for a kind of living water that quenches her unquenchable thirst. In both instances, the alien woman gave glory to « the God of Israel ».

They just stepped out and made a little offer to God with their limited measure of faith.

To be sure, God does not need our flour to make bread; neither does he need our bucket to draw waters, nor can the lack of the initial loaves and fishes cripple His creative cookery through which five thousands are fed.

But whenever we bring those who cannot help themselves for divine help, and whenever we think we are making a little offer to God and expecting to meet God in the half way, we actually open for ourselves, not them, a window through which miracles may set in- miracles which we have to greet and entertain with abundant measure of faith and thanksgiving.

1 Kings 17:14 For this is what the LORD God of Israel says, ‘The jar of flour will not be empty and the jug of oil will not run out until the day the LORD makes it rain on the surface of the ground.' » 因為耶和華以色列的 神這樣說:’缸裡的麵粉必不會用完,瓶裡的油決不會短缺,直等到耶和華降雨在地面上的日子。' »

John 4:14 But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. » 人若喝我所賜的水,就永遠不渴。我所賜的水要在他裡面成為湧流的泉源,直湧到永生。 »

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