Gene Cunningham - September 11, 2000

Elijah #5

Practical sanctification (1Th 5:12-25). God is preparing us for something greater. Israel was worshipping many gods. Elijah summoned all the people to Mount Carmel. Though Ahab accused him, Elijah pinpointed the trouble of Israel to be Ahab (1Ki 18:16-20). Evil leadership of Ahab was worse than the string of kings before (1Ki 16:33). The word used for "evil" is akar meaning there are harmful social implications to the actions taken. Confession is necessary, but we also have to deal with consequences (Heb 12:15, Pro 11:17, Prov 11:29, Pro 15:27). Trouble are brought on yourself -- (Jos 7:25, 1Ch 2:7, Pro 15:6, Exo 20:5). The consequence of Ahab was felt 150 years later (Mic 6:16). Restatement of the ten commandments (Deu 5:6-21) which is the preamble to the law of Moses. The first five commands are God-ward and second five relate to those around us. Ahab violated all the commands. God's favor cannot be restored until the source of error removed (Pro 28:13). God wants us to be set aside for His purpose (1Th 4:3).

Scripture References: Proverbs 15:27, Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 11:29, Deuteronomy 5:6-21, Proverbs 11:17, Micah 6:16, Hebrews 12:15, Exodus 20:5, Proverbs 15:6, Joshua 7:25

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