F I R S T K I N G S
We left Elijah at the entrance of Jezreel, still
appearing publicly, and all the people's eyes upon him. In this
chapter we have him again absconding, and driven into obscurity, at
a time when he could ill be spared; but we are to look upon it as a
punishment to Israel for the insincerity and inconstancy of their
reformation. When people will not learn it is just with God to
remove their teachers into corners. Now observe, I. How he was
driven into banishment by the malice of Jezebel his sworn enemy,
ver. 1-3. II. How he was
met, in his banishment, by the favour of God, his covenant-friend.
1. How God fed him, ver.
4-8. 2. How he conversed with him, and manifested
himself to him (ver. 9,
11-13), heard his complaint (ver. 10-14), directed him what to do
(ver. 15-17), and
encouraged him, ver. 18.
III. How his hands were strengthened, at his return out of
banishment, by the joining of Elisha with him, ver. 19-21.