The widow of Zarephath, Hebrews 11:35 and 1 Kings 17:8-24


Widow who received back her dead son back alive.
This widow lived in the region of Sidon.

Zarephath, a town of Phoenicia.

Why God sent Elijah to this widow and not some one else we will never know.

Some time later Elijah brought him back to life the son of the woman who owned the house that the Widow of Zarephath lived in.

Background Reading:

11:35 Women received their dead raised back to life. [Widow of Zarephath, the widow’s oil, The Shunammite and her Son.]
Hebrews 11:35


The Widow at Zarephath and Elijah

17:8 Then this message came to Elijiah from the LORD: 9 “Get up, move to Zarephath in Sidon, and stay there. Look! I’ve commanded a widow to sustain you there.”

10 So he got up and went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the entrance to the city, a widow was there gathering sticks. So he asked her, “Please, may I have some water in a cup so I can have a drink.” 11 While she was on her way to get the water, he called out to her, “Would you please also bring me a piece of bread while you’re at it?”

12 “As the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have so much as a muffin, just a handful of flour in a bowl and some oil left in a bottle. Now I’m going to find some sticks so I can cook a last meal for my son and for me. Then we’re going to eat it and die.”

13 But Elijah told her, “You can stop being afraid. Go and do what you said, but first make me a muffin and bring it to me. Then make a meal for yourself and for your son, 14 because this is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘That jar of flour will not run out, nor will that bottle of oil become empty until the very day that the LORD sends rain on the surface of the ground.’”

15 So she went out and did precisely what Elijah told her to do. As a result, Elijah, the widow, and her son were fed for days. 16 The jar of flour never ran out and the bottle of oil never became empty, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.

Elijah Restores the Widow’s Son

17 Sometime later, the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. In fact, his illness became so severe that he died. 18 “What do we have in common, you man of God?” she accused Elijah. “You came to me so you could uncover my guilt! And you’re responsible for the death of my son!”

19 “Give me your son,” he replied. Then he took him from her lap, carried him upstairs to the room where he lived, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he called out to the LORD and asked him, “LORD my God, have you also brought evil to this dear widow with whom I am living as her guest? Have you caused the death of her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, please cause the soul of this little boy to return to him.”

22 The LORD listened to Elijah, and the soul of the little boy returned to him, and he revived. 23 Then Elijah took the little boy downstairs from the upper chamber back into the main house and delivered him to his mother. “Look,” Elijah told her, “your son is alive.”

24 The woman responded to Elijah, “Now at last I’ve really learned that you are a man of God and that what you have to say about the LORD is the truth.”
1 Kings 17:8-24

More Information:

As in he case of the widow of Zarephath God looks after those he calls his own.
also see: 1 Kings 17:8-24, Obadiah 1:20 and Luke 4:24-27.

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