Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,
until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.
He prayed for death saying:
“This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree,
but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.
Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake
and a jug of water.
1 Kings 19:4-8
Do we at any time feel like this? There are parallel existences, the ‘after life’ is governed by the supernatural. We as human are beneath even the angels. With the coming of The Lord, in Him and through Him, we have been raised up, adopted, Amen.
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:18
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
After Elijah ate and drank, he lay down again,
but the angel of the LORD came back a second time,
touched him, and ordered,
“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”
He got up, ate, and drank;
then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.
We are aware of the mention of 40 days and night’s a number of times in The Bible. A surprisingly fact is a number of things! Who fasted 40 days and nights in The Word? It says this clearly! Who appeared with Jesus at The Transfiguration. These things individuals were led in the spirit to do these things. ALL things occur with reason, three times individuals two dead children in the flesh were alive to in the spirit, but Jesus said “tell no man till..” Mark 7:36; Matthew 17:9
Remember ALL things occur with cause; at least for those called by God and selected to be co-heirs
with Christ. Decisions lead to all things! Choose right and reap the rewards. Here, I am moved to give a salient example: farming. Not many farm any more, but even in The Word there are examples stated:
“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29 ESV
From the beginning of the Scriptures, we learn that Adam and Eve were originally created as people who would farm. Whether or not that has some spiritual significance may be up for debate; but at the very least, it has some geographical and environmental significance. Genesis is the book of beginnings, and here we see the beginnings of the use of farming and things related to farming within the Bible.
“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full.” Deuteronomy 11:13-15
“You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth” Psalm 104:14 ESV
God is sovereign over all of nature; He created it and he expects mankind to be stewards over it.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV
Here, Paul is talking about the various roles people may have in cultivating spiritual growth in others. In other words, Paul was the one who started the initial growth but Apollos was the one who fed them spiritually—and even more, God is the one over everything!
“And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. …” Matthew 13:3-30 ESV
So, this gives us evidence at The LORD knowing all, He is the Creator of all things, Amen!
Again, we touch on the Transfiguration to make a point!
About eight days after Jesus said this, He took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As He was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. (Luke 9:28-36)
This event in the Gospels is referred to as “the Transfiguration.” According to Merriam-Webster, Transfiguration means “a great change of form or appearance; especially: a change that beautifies, glorifies, or makes more spiritual.”
Here’s a question: Of all the significant figures in the Hebrew Scriptures, why was it Moses and Elijah in particular that showed up here with Jesus? Well, a popular theory is that Moses represented the Jewish Law and Elijah represented the Jewish Prophets. So, when God’s voice from heaven said about Jesus “Listen to Him!” that indicated that the Law and the Prophets must now give way to Jesus who will replace the old way with the new way. He is the completion of the Law and the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Old Testament.
It’s also interesting to note the symbolism that exists in this event. As Jesus meets with Moses and Elijah, it’s recorded that “they spoke of his departure.” Moses had led his own departure — or Exodus — out of Egypt almost 15 centuries earlier. Also, 2 Kings records that Elijah departed this earth in a flaming chariot. Jesus had miraculously provided bread for the multitudes in the story of loaves and fishes, just as Moses provided bread — or “manna” – in the wilderness to the Israelites. And when Moses came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments, you may remember that his face was shining with the glory of God, just as Jesus’ face was now shining with the same glory. To the observant Jew, these parallels would have been extraordinarily meaningful.
When all of this was over the disciples never forgot what happened that day on the mountain and no doubt this was intended. John wrote in his Gospel, “We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only” John 1:14
Peter later wrote:
“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.” 2 Peter 1:16-18