September 1, 2008 - Monday of the 15th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 17:8-16

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 18:1-19; Ephesians 1:1-23

The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:16)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The nerve of Elijah! This poor woman barely has enough to feed herself and her son one last time and he tells her to cook for him? Outrageous! Who does Elijah think he is? Does he think that just because he is a prophet, he deserves the food more than this woman and her son?

No. Elijah has God's Word. The Lord told Elijah to go to this widow because she had been commanded by God to provide for him (1 Kings 17:9). Apparently, however, the woman hadn't heard that! But God makes a promise to the widow through Elijah that her flour and oil will not run dry. So the widow, trusting in God's promise, fed Elijah, supported this prophet, and the Lord provided for her and her son.

Once again, the Lord is teaching us that His purpose in giving us the “daily bread” of our bodies and lives is so that we will hear His Word and receive the Bread of Life, Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. And again, our sinful desire is to worry about the food and other stuff of this life and how we'll get it while putting Jesus and His gifts on the back burner.

Yet, we have a food that is far greater than flour and oil and it won't run out! When the widow saw that her flour and oil kept on coming, she knew God's promises were true. So with Jesus, week after week, as you continue to hear that your sins are forgiven, that your Baptism hasn't expired, and that Jesus has His body and blood for you again, you learn to trust in God's promises. Just as the flour and oil didn't run out for the widow, neither will Jesus' body and blood run out for you. There's always more. As many sins as you have, as many transgressions and iniquities, the Lord's body and blood, given and shed for your for the forgiveness of sins, will always be more than enough.

The widow's lesson is yours today: The Lord will take care of your body, because He has promised to take care of your soul. He gives you all you need in and through Jesus Christ. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

I build on this foundation, That Jesus and His blood Alone are my salvation, My true, eternal good. Without Him all that pleases Is valueless on earth; The gifts I have from Jesus Alone have priceless worth. (LSB 724:2)