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BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.
2 Kin. ii.U4. Where is the Lord God of Elijah P
WHE bereft of those whom we iove, and with
whose continuance in the world our welfare was
intimately connected, we are ready to think that our
all is gone. We forget that, while Jehovah liveth,
he can repair our breaches, and make up to us all
our losses. When Elijah was taken up into heaven,
Elisha cried, *' My father, my father! the chariot of
Israel, and the horsemen thereof 1" He supposed that
Israel's defence was utterly departed from them.
But he soon found, that God had mercy in store for
Israel ; and that the Spirit of the departed Prophet
now rested upon him. Recovering therefore from
his desponding fears, he took up the mantle which
had fallen from Elijah, and, in full expectation of
seeing the waters of Jordan separated by means of
it, as they had just before been, he smote them with
it, and said, *' Where is the Lord God of Elijah ?"
From these words we shall take occasion to shew,
I. By what means God shewed himself to be the
God of Elijah —
The whole history of Elijah might be adduced to
illustrate this point : but, to avoid needless prolixity,
we observe, that God shewed himself to be his God,
1. By the communications of his grace —
[Elijah was eminently endued with grace : he was pious in
the midst of a general defection ; he was courageous under the
onost cruel persecution. The whole nation of Israel were become
idolaters : but he dared to stem the torrent of iniquity, and to
confess Jehovah as his God. There were indeed seven thousand
persons who had not conformed to the worship of Baal ; but as
they were totally unknown to him, the effect, as far as it related
244.] Elijah's god. 105
to him, was the eame as if there had not been one ; because
he derived no comfort from their countenance or example. But
he was not contented to do what was right himself, without
bearing his testimony against what was wrong. He therefore
reproved with boldness and severity the king himself: and though
on one occasion his courage seemed to fail him% yet on the
whole he was an undaunted champion for his God, and an in-
vincible sufferer for the truth's sake.
As for the spirit of prophecy which he had, or his power to
work miracles, these were no proofs that God was his God ;
for then God must have been the God of Balaam, who was a
prophet ; and of Judas, who wrought miracles. But the graces
which he exercised and maintained in the midst of a wicked
generation, incontestibly shewed, that he was elevated in God's
esteem far above the generality of mankind.]
2. By the interpositions of his providence —
[Such was his interest with God, that by his prayers he
shut up the heavens for three years and an half, and then
opened them again by the same means''. When he lifted up his
voice to God, instantly came fire from heaven to consume his
sacrifice*^; yea, to consume also, and that repeatedly, the enemies
who were sent to apprehend him'^. While all the surrounding
nations, together with Israel, groaned under the calamitous
effects of a drought, he was miraculously sustained with bread
and meat, twice a day for a long time together, by ravens at the
side of the brook Cherith^. When that brook failed, he was
supported by a poor widow, whose barrel of meal never de-
creased, nor did her cruse of oil fail, till a return of rain brought
plenty to the famished land^. On another occasion (when per-
haps he could least of all expect such an interposition) an angel
was sent to feed hini^j and on taking a second meal of the food
provided, he was enabled to go in the strength of it for forty
days. Waving all mention of visions imparted to him"", or
miracles wrought by him', let us pass on to the period of his
departure from the world. Then we see not only the sting of
death taken away, but the law relating to the dissolution of our
bodies cancelled ; and the man of God taken in body and soul
into heaven without ever tasting of death''; the only person thus
honoured in the new world, as Enoch had been in the old world.
Can we doubt but that the person for whom God so interposed
both in life and in death, was a distinguished favourite of
Yet were not these favours from God so peculiar,
* 1 Kin. xix. 3. '' Jam. v. 17, 18. * J Kin. xviii. 37, 38.
<* 2 Kin. i, 10 — 12. " 1 Kin. xvii. 3—6. ' ib. ver, 9— 16.
« 1 Kin. xix. 4 — 8. " ib. ver. 11, 12.
* 1 Kin. xvii. 19—23. & 2 Kin. ii. 8. '' ib. ver. 11.
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II. That Believers at this time may expect similar
tokens of his regard —
We readily grant, that no one at this day is war-
ranted to expect a miracle ; but yet every Believer,
I . Shall have God for his God —
[God has been the God of his people in every age. He is
called, " The Lord God of Shem ' : " and it is needless to say •
how often he is spoken of as " the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob." That this honour was not confined to a few eminent
saints, is manifest ; for he is called by no name more frequently
than " The God of Israel." Indeed he has expressly covenanted
that he " will be the God of his believing people'"," or, as
that term is varied and explained in the Epistle to the Hebrews",
He " will be a God unto them," and do every thing that an
almighty Being can do for their benefit. As " he was not
ashamed to be called the God of his people" of oId°, so neither
will he be ashamed to be called our God.]
1. Shall have all the proofs of it that can conduce
to his welfare —
[Think of any thing that a Believer can need, for body
or for soul, for time or for eternity ; and we do not hesitate to
affirm, that God has made it the subject of a special promise,
and that it is the Believer's privilege to expect it at his hands.
Do we need temporal blessings ? God has said, " Seek first the
kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things
shall be added unto youP." Are our privations accompanied also
with great dangers ? " Our place of defence shall be the muni-
tions of rocks ; bread shall be given us, and our water shall be
sure'"." Do we desire that our petitions may be heard ? We are
reminded that " Elijah was a man of like passions with us;"
and are taught to conclude from the answer given to his
prayers, that " the prayer of every righteous man availeth
much^" Do we need to be strengthened for our manifold trials
and conflicts ? " His grace shall be sufficient for us^;" and " as
our day is, so shall also our strength be'." True, we shall not
be exempt from death, or carried in a fiery chariot up to heaven:
but the sting of death shall be taken away ; and we shall be
*' carried by angels into Abraham's bosom"." In a word, if
only we seek God as our God in Christ, " he will give us grace
and glory, and withhold no good thing from us" either in time
' Gen. ix. 26, ¦" Jcr. xxxi. 33.
" Hcb. viii, 10. See also 1 Chron. xvii. 24.
" Heb. xi. 16. i* Matt, vi. 33.
*> Compare Isai. xxxiii. l6. with notes *' and ",
' Jam. v. 16 — 18. " 2 Cor. xii, 9, ' Deut. xxxiii, 25.
" Luke xvi, 22. ' Vs. Ixxxiv. 11,
What then had Elijah more than this, or what can we desire
Having proved our point, we come to recom-
mend the confident expectation expressed in the
text — ¦
[Believer, art thou just called forth, like Elisha, to face a
frowning world ? Fear not : take up Elijah's mantle, and smite
the waters that obstruct thy path, and expect Elijah's God to
open thy way before thee. Think " not any thing too hard for
God." Remember that he is thy God, as well as Elijah's : and
as " his ear is not heavy, that he cannot hear ; so neither is
is his hand shortened, that he cannot save^." See what confi-
dent expectation was manifested by God's Church of old : ^* Awake,
awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord ; awake as in the
antient days, in the generations of old ! Art thou not it which
hath dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep ; that hath
made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over^P"
Thus must you call upon your God. You cannot ask too
largely, nor expect too much at his hands. If difficulties are
to be surmounted, or wants to be supplied, or lusts to be sub-
dued, go forth and say, " Where is the Lord God of Elijah }"
Even to Unbelievers methinks this subject is not without its
appropriate use : for, who was Elijah more than others ? Was
not he once " a child of wrath even as others ? " and may not
those who are now children of wrath, become even as he ? Yes,
there is a cloud of witnesses to prove, that, though Elijah is
gone, Elijah's God remaineth, and that he is the same gracious,
merciful, loving, and almighty Friend as ever. O seek him then
as your reconciled God in Christ ; and you shall soon be able to
say, " He is my God, and I will praise him ', my father's God,
and I will exalt him^."]
y Isai. lix. 1. ^ Isai. 11. g, 10. * Exod. xv. 2.
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