September 26, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 18

Reading

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SAA Notes

At the end of the third year there is the dramatic confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The title Baal means Lord. The question was which god is God? The question for us today is: is my god (my understanding of god) the true God? or a Baal?

SJA Notes

“How long will you go limping between two different opinions?”

Important things happen on mountains.

Here we see nine-hundred and fifty false men versus one man of God’s truth.

As well, all the people of Israel gathered, and Ahab the bad king was there.

It would be a bit daunting.

But Elijah stands firm in his assurance, that blessed assurance that he was God’s and God is sovereign. That Jesus is ours and we are His!

Elijah calls the people out, he calls out Ahab – Make a decision! Stop trying to have a foot in both camps, decide who you will follow.

Joshua calls the people to a similar choice,

“… Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

We have the same call today, the same decision to make.

Are we limping between opinions, seeing something that glitters in ideologies of the world, but also wanting a little of what Jesus offers?

There is only one way. One truth. One life. It is Jesus, always Jesus. Him and Him alone.

As Moses calls the people in Deuteronomy 30,

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,”

Choose life!

* Father God, Sovereign and Mighty Lord Above,

We come before You today, please aright our hearts and minds, set them right.

Please wash us clean from the muck and grime of the world, forgive us our sin Lord God!

Thank You for Jesus, that in Him is life.

Please help us to continue to choose life, that we would serve You each and every day until our day ends.

Amen.

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