This Sunday is our final teaching on Elijah, but potentially the most important one.
Although not mentioned in the Hall of Fame of Faith, I believe Elijah is in the holy trinity of prophets. Moses is the first and Jesus is the second (and last, sorry Mohammed it aint you, Hebrews 1:1-3). Elijah occupies the middle for several very good reasons. It is my intention to point out this Sunday WHY Elijah should be so esteemed and WHAT we can all learn from his life.
Matthew 17:1-8 is a passage that clues us into the significance of Elijah. It is the Transfiguration of Christ. The three Apostles, Peter, James and John were witness to one of the great homecomings in the Bible. Jesus is first transfigured, and then two other appear, Moses and Elijah. They were the supporting actors in this celestial play. How cool it is Moses who never made it to the Promised Land, came home to Canaan. And Elijah who was translated outside the land made it back as well.
But why Moses and Elijah? Moses represented the Law, and Elijah represented the Prophets. The Law told the people what God desired. The Prophets called the disobedient back to the Law. But take note of what the Father says in 17:5, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; (see Matthew 3:17), LISTEN TO HIM. God was telling the founding fathers of the early church, the Law and the Prophets were just the preamble to what He was going to say through His Son. He is the Prophet who was to come, Deuteronomy 18:15.
But the fact, that Elijah was there elevates him in stature.
I want to share with you three takeaways from the life of Elijah this Sunday. They are:
BIBLICAL FAITH IS NEVER BLIND FAITH, IT IS EVIDENTIAL.
BIBLICAL REVELATION, NOT CULTURAL ADAPTATION, IS THE BASIS FOR MORAL REGULATION.
THERE ARE NOT SMALL PLAYER IN GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION, ONLY FAITHFUL OR UNFAITHFUL
See you Sunday!