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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Strength of That Meat

After Elijah won a great victory for the Lord over the prophets of Baal, he turned tail and ran when Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him. He stopped to rest at Beersheba where an angel appeared and fed him twice with fresh-baked bread and water.
1 Kings 19:8 says, "And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God."
I always thought that meant those two loaves of bread sustained him for forty days and he didn't eat again until he got to Mt. Horeb. This morning I had an alternate thought.
When we came home Sunday evening after a weekend at the cabin with our friends, we brought a lot of leftover food with us. Some of the leftovers were given away and I froze some of our share. But I still have so much in the frig to use up that I have not had to cook so far this week. I thought this is like Elijah. We're going in the strength of the weekend all week.
So does 1 Kings 19:8 mean Elijah didn't eat again for forty days or that the leftovers of the two loaves lasted forty days. What do you think?

 

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