Every time when I teach Course D in Biblical Hebrew, the students start their Journey with the story of Elijah, one of the greatest prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Elijah is one of a kind; He came from nowhere-without any clear story of his dedication to be a prophet- and he went to a place that only G-d and his angles knew.
After the ravens fed him for a while in the Vadi of Carith, he went northwest to encounter a widowed woman and her son, two poor people, that the lack of rain influenced them and also on the rest of the people in this area and even more.
When he met the widow, he asked something, that might be rude or naughty to some of us as readers, as written:
” …וַיִּקְרָא אֵלֶיהָ וַיֹּאמַר, לִקְחִי-נָא לִי פַּת-לֶחֶם בְּיָדֵךְ. וַתֹּאמֶר, חַי-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אִם-יֶשׁ-לִי מָעוֹג, כִּי אִם-מְלֹא כַף-קֶמַח בַּכַּד, וּמְעַט-שֶׁמֶן בַּצַּפָּחַת; וְהִנְנִי מְקֹשֶׁשֶׁת שְׁנַיִם עֵצִים, וּבָאתִי וַעֲשִׂיתִיהוּ לִי וְלִבְנִי, וַאֲכַלְנֻהוּ, וָמָתְנוּ. וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלֶיהָ אֵלִיָּהוּ אַל-תִּירְאִי, בֹּאִי עֲשִׂי כִדְבָרֵךְ; אַךְ עֲשִׂי-לִי מִשָּׁם עֻגָה קְטַנָּה בָרִאשֹׁנָה, וְהוֹצֵאת לִי, וְלָךְ וְלִבְנֵךְ, תַּעֲשִׂי בָּאַחֲרֹנָה.”
“… He called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may Make one for yourself and for your son.”(1 Kings 17:11-13
How could he ask the poor woman to eat first from what she didn’t have? This is a question that the next verse in this chapter answers:
” כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, כַּד הַקֶּמַח לֹא תִכְלָה, וְצַפַּחַת הַשֶּׁמֶן, לֹא תֶחְסָר: עַד יוֹם תֵּת יְהוָה, גֶּשֶׁם–עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה.”
” For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth”
This beautiful verse that describes a miracle that is about to occur has been taken by Naomi Shemet, the Israeli poet , who created a beautiful song that you are going to hear-
What do you think about this song? Is this a miracle that came back to life? Share your thoughts with us here or in our Facebook fan page!
Have a great week, Eli