The Prophet Elijah

ilya1 Kings 17:1; 18:17-19:21 – 2 Kings 2:1-15

After Solomon died, his kingdom was divided, and most of the men who ruled were not wise and great leaders. But there were still a few leaders who listened to the words of the Lord and told the people to do what was right. These people were called prophets. One of these prophets was Elijah, who lived while Ahab was king of Israel.

King Ahab was married to a woman named Jezebel, who worshipped the false god Baal. Ahab also turned to Baal, and even built an altar to him. This made God angrier at Ahab than he had been at any other king. Elijah went to Ahab and told him, «As truly as I serve the Lord, there will be no rain in this land until I say so.»

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Message of the day

Wherever you may be, put yourself below everyone, and you shall find peace.

Abba Isaac the Syrian

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Abraham’s Faith

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St Paul, in his Epistle to the Hebrews (11: 17-19), writes:

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

St John Chrysosotom, in his commentary on these verses, writes:

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Isaac of Syria on Humility

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St. Isaac the Syrian. Etching by Photios Kontoglou. Ο Άγιος Ισαάκ ο Σύρος. Χαρακτικό του Φώτη Κόντογλου.

From Met. Hilarion Alfeyev”s The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian:

To speak of humility meant to Isaac to speak of God, for God in his vision is primarily the One who is ‘meek and lowly in heart’. God’s humility was revealed to the world in the Incarnation of the Word. In the Old Testament, God remained invisible to and unattainable by everyone approaching him. But when he clothed himself in humility and hid his glory under human flesh, he became both visible and attainable:

Humility is the raiment of the Divinity. The Word who became human clothed himself in it, and he spoke to us in our body. Everyone who has been clothed with humility has truly been made like unto Him who came down from his own exaltedness and hid the splendor of his majesty and concealed his glory with humility, lest creation be utterly consumed by the contemplation of him.

Every Christian is called to imitate Christ in humility. In acquiring humility, a person becomes like the Lord and clothes himself in Christ:

Wherefore every man has put on Christ when he is clothed with the raiment wherein the Creator was seen through the body that he put on. For the likeness in which he was seen by his own creation and in which he kept company with it, he willed to put on in his inner man, and to be seen therein by his fellow servants.

Source : Glory to God for All Things