Yahweh’s Revelation To Elijah
Then He said, "Go out and stand
on the mountain before the Lord."
And behold, the Lord passed by,
and a great and strong wind
tore into the mountains
and broke the 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 still small voice.
So it was when Elijah heard it,
that he wrapped his face in his mantle
and went out and stood
in the entrance of the cave.
Suddenly a voice came to him, and said,
"What are you doing here, Elijah?"
And he said,
"I have been very zealous
for the Lord God of hosts;
because the children of Israel
have forsaken Your covenant,
torn down Your altars,
and killed Your prophets with the sword.
I alone am left;
and they seek to take my life."
~1 Kings 19:11-14
Although they are now with Yeshua, I have fond memories of visiting my grandparents through the years. The home of my fathers parents was mostly quiet with the exception of a small monster of a chihuahua named, Pipsqueak. She was old and mostly blind until one came too close and she was quite an obstacle to face for small children as my cousin and I cautiously navigated the house. Eventually I did overcome the fear as I grew bigger and wiser and though I never gained her affection, I was actually sad when Pipsqueak departed this world. Her bark was worse than her bite.
As I grew up I noticed a plaque on the wall of my grandparents home which said, "Oh God, Your sea is so great and my boat is so small." It caught my attention every time I visited and I knew it was true as the trials and fears of life grew with me. I was inspired with wonder and awe at just, "Who was God?".
Eventually I came to realize that there was so much more to Him than a book with a set of rules to follow like chores. He actually knows who I am. He made me for the purpose of being victorious in this crazy messed up world, to do my part in His incredible plan to overcome evil in the world. And on top of that, He would be with me even when stuff gets scary. This is the offer to each and every soul that He created. Why would anyone turn that down?
Elijah, a great prophet of Yahweh (God), challenged the false yet powerful religious system of the day and had a great victory. Queen Jezabel and her minions were so angry that they wanted to kill Elijah, and so he fled in fear. The Lord strengthened him with a snack and a nap and then encouraged him with His still small voice, "Elijah, what are you doing here?" Yahweh assured him that he was not the only one of His children left in the world and that He still had something important for Elijah to do, which he did. (1 Kings 19)
He calms our fears and helps us pull through the most trying of circumstances.
Shema - Hear and Obey
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart ~ Deuteronomy 6:4-6 This is the first part of what is called in Hebrew, the "Shema"(schmah), which means, not only to hear, but also to obey.
How can we know this Yahweh? He gave us His Word, the Bible, which tells His beautiful and unique story from the beginning of time. And when we accept His invitation for salvation through His One and only Son, Yeshua/Jesus, we are given the precious gift of the Ruach Ha Kodesh/Holy Spirit to teach us and to guide us in His perfect will.
Certainly we can glean from pastors, teachers, Godly friends, books and other resources, but our primary source of instruction should come from our personal study in the Word and listening to His still small (occasionally audible) voice which comes through the Ruach. The life examples set forth throughout scripture were people just like us who sometimes failed, but persevered in faith and in truth.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. ~John 14:26
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still. Teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning. The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One (Yeshua) is understanding. For through Me your days will be many and years will be added to your life. ~Proverbs 9:9-11
Make every effort (KJV says, "study") to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the Word of truth. ~2 Timothy 2:15
As for you, the anointing (the Ruach) which you received from Him abides in you, and you and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as Hos anointing teaches you about all things, and is true (to the Word) and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. ~1 John 2:27
After the time of Israel's Babylonian captivity, many of the Jews did not return to the land of Israel. A Jewish girl became queen in the land of Susa. Her people, the Jews, were hated and in danger of annihilation, so her uncle Mordecai instructed her to intercede to the king on behalf of her people. The Jews were God's people. They were raised and taught to live righteously and they had learned that their disobedience to righteousness had gotten them into the trouble of captivity in the first place.
Esther did not have to question what the right thing to do was, she already knew. She also knew that her entrance to the king's court without being summoned could cause her to be put immediately to death. Fasting and prayer were in order and even though Yahweh is not mentioned in this thrilling megillah (book of Esther), His presence is very much implied.
And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain cmpletely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" ~Esther 4:13-14
Esther used wisdom, discernment and knowledge of Yahweh to be obedient for this righteous cause and her life along with those of her people were spared. Both Elijah as well as Esther had to overcome fear in faith in order to be obedient.
Your ears will hear a word behind you (the Ruach), "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. ~Isaiah 30:21
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. ~Ezekiel 36:27
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. ~Yeshua, John 14:15