Bake Me A Cake

In this lesson, I want to delve into Elijah and the widow woman and her son, with a fresh set of eyes. This viewpoint will not only enlighten but also explode the act of obedience through the nursery rhyme “bake me a cake as fast as you can”. Most importantly this is a comparison between a parent and the child’s relationship versus our Heavenly Father and us. When we tell our child to do something and they don’t get it done, there are consequences. The same holds true for us when God ask us to do something. In this devotional we will bake a cake with five main ingredients;

  1. obedience
  2. sacrifice
  3. faith
  4. humility
  5. love

With these ingredients we will peel back the layers of His word, and illustrate how the widow woman obeyed the Lord in the midst of her trying times. To set the foundation for each of these ingredients, there was a drought and famine in the land. The reason for the drought was sin. He sent Elijah to proclaim the drought over that region because of their disobedience. After speaking those words, his next assignment was the widow woman and her son. Of course He would send the very vessel, He used to speak the drought and famine over the land. To turn around and bless the widow woman and her son, in the midst of the same fate, low supply of water and only enough rations for one meal.

  • God instructed Elijah to go to Zarephath and dwell there. Also, He commanded the widow woman to sustain His prophet. Elijah asked her to bake him a cake as fast as she can. So we start with two acts of obedience. There was much riding on these two acting out in obedience. As neither one would get what they needed if the two weren’t obedient. It’s vital for us to be obedient at any point as when we are not the effect is, we hold up what He has for us.
  • She baked a small cake for the prophet first, to sacrifice she and her sons meal over the prophet’s. That take us back to; obedience is better than sacrifice.
  • It took the widow woman’s faith to hear God when He commanded her to sustain His prophet. Her faith was also necessary in order to refresh Gods prophet before she and her son ever ate. I don’t know about you, but who feeds someone else over themselves during a time of severe drought/famine? Yes, one who obeys God.
  • When she confessed to Elijah that she only had enough morsels for she and her son to eat their last meal and die, in essence she was saying she was at her lowest point. We are humbled when we are at the bottom. In order to rise-up we go from the bottom to the top and not the top to the bottom. She recognized the bind she was in and yet she still did what she was instructed to do.
  • And lastly the widow woman loved God as she did what He commanded her to do, which was take care of His prophet. When we obey God we show we love and fear Him. We love Him because He first loved us.

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 1 Kings 17:12 NLT

13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”1 Kings 17:13-14 NLT

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:15-16 NLT

Summary

We never know our girth and grit until we go through something. You see He built us to last as He has given to each of us a measure of faith Romans 12:3 NKJV. As we move through the storms of life, it’s never clear how we will make it out. Just know when we trust God we don’t need to figure it out in our might as it is not by our might or power, but by His Spirit. When it was all said and done the widow woman and her son did eat for many days, as they ate the good of the land. For you see His word is clear, if we are willing and obedient we shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19 NLT  Likewise Elijah, obeyed as well and he too ate the good of the land. No, obedience is never easy if it were, we would all do so without ever batting an eye. So it is in our obedience that we continue to be molded, crafted and finely tuned like a piano. So that just the right song, will come forth in His timing. This story of old applies to now. As whatever you are charged to do be obedient for your position in the earth depends on it, just like the widow woman. May the Lord add a blessing to the hearer and readers of His word.

2 Comments

  1. John Esther Nireekshana said,

    June 7, 2016 at 6:34 am

    wow……very blessing blessing message


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