RUSH 2015 – Night 2 – Elijah and the Whisper


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

“When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. 2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.” – 1 Kings 19:1-2

“Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die.” – 1 Kings 19:3-4

How did Elijah get to a place of being so discouraged?

1. He focused on his feelings rather than facts.

2. He compared himself to others.

“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” 1 Kings 19:4 

When we compare ourselves to others we fall into three traps:

• We lose sight of what is actually real.

• We become too critical

• We label ourselves

3. He beat himself up over things that were not his fault.

“There he came to a cave, where he spent the night.” – 1 Kings 19:9-10

But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets.

4. He exaggerated the negative

“I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” 1 Kings 19:10

“The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. [12] After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 

“Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!” – 1 Kings 19:18 

Elijah was a man just like us.” – James 5:17

  

Group Questions: 

Q1: Describe a time when God spoke to you in a quiet still voice like Elijah, rather than a loud voice like Saul.

Q2: What are some ways you can determine whether God's still small voice is speaking to you?

Q3: Elijah's encounter with God started with his desperation. Have you ever come to God desperate for Him to speak to you? Why is that so important?

Q4: Do you believe that God is always speaking to us, or that He only speaks to us at certain times? Explain. If God is always speaking to us, why do we miss it so often?

Q5: Why do you think God choose to reveal Himself to Elijah through a whisper and not through a storm, earthquake, or fire? How does that relate to us and how we usually want God to speak to us?

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