I was lamenting today in my backyard that that I let my earthly parent let me loose my temper and ruin my 'Rise and Shine' celebratiion this monday. I sat and prayed to God for forgiveness and asked for a blessing on my earthly parent. Then suddenly I saw my dog approach me and I thought what a good day for a bath. So I asked my mother to head the waterhose my way and proceeded to bathe the dog with the cool water. I couldn't hear an no uncertain thank you from the dog but I thought about how my vessel, my flask, my oil lamp had gone out of oil this morning. I thought about the ten virgins and the parable tells that some were wise and some were foolish. We've been thinking about the wine, but now we want to focus on the oil. The oil of the holy spirit to bring understanding to the heart. In 2Kings 4 there's a first story we want to share, it says, ["... 1Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves." 2And Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?" And she said, "Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil." 3Then he said, "Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside." 5So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another." Then the oil stopped flowing. 7She came and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest...] Now we learn that understanding, the oil, can be used to pay off your creditors and take care of your needs. There's real wealth in coming to the knowledge of God. We turn to our second story in 1Kings.17:1-16, where it says, 1Now Elijah the Tishbite, of(A) Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab,(B) "As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives,(C) before whom I stand,(D) there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word." 2And the word of the LORD came to him: 3"Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 5So he went and did according to the word of the LORD. He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. 6And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. 8Then the word of the LORD came to him, 9"Arise, go to(E) Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you." 10So he arose and went to(F) Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there(G) gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink." 11And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." 12And she said,(H) "As the LORD your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die." 13And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'" 15And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah...] The oil brings inexhaustive blessing if we give a portion to God, like if he needed anything from us. But it is for our benefit to learn to share of what we have and learn to give. And the jar of flour was not spent and jar of oil was not empty. And it is truly wonderful to understand this matter of the oil. In Revelations there's reference that says, Revelation 6:6 (Whole Chapter) And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, [Ezek 4:10, 11; 5:10, 16 ] "A quart [Greek choinix, a dry measure equal to about a quart] of wheat for a denarius, [A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer] and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and [Revelation 7:3; 9:4] do not harm the oil and wine!" The wonderful news about the oil - God words is protected from famine and blight. God's word is able to bring baked cakes in any situation- no matter how much distress there is in the land. God's word is sure to provide and manifest itself to whom ever put his trust on God. Like Elijah who was fed by the ravens and drank from the brook. Or Elisha who told the widow that her oil would never never run out because his late husband was a dicipile of God. God's word is even good for posterity. It's truly wonderful to understand this and we close with a passage, Psalms 3 it says, [... 4Even though I(H) walk through the valley of(I) the shadow of death,[c] I will(J) fear no evil, for(K) you are with me; your(L) rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You(M) prepare a table before me in(N) the presence of my enemies; you(O) anoint my head with oil; my(P) cup overflows. 6Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me all the days of my life,..] Yes indeed the oil is for doinging us good, it we only put our faith in God and his word. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Thank yo' ah' for your kind comments, Amens and Kudos. We just want to thank God for his understanding and enlightenment. By the way God answered our prayer and we had reconcilliation with our parents. The flesh never rests from giving us havoc and trouble. Pleass continue to pray for enlightenment, nourishment in word, quickening of cheer in the spirit and comfort and peace for our souls. I really appreciate your comments. I hope I served you in a meaningful way-that is my most treasured prayer everyday. May God bless you. Amen.
Thank you God for all my kind friends and visitors who in a weary day take a moment of peace and reflect on your precepts and testimonies. Thank you for your lamp you put in our heart to heed and understand your word. We just want to thank you so much for all your kind blessing on us and this site. May you have a good day. Amen.