Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 17-19
1 Kings 17:1-6 (NKJV) And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.
1 Kings 18:21 (KJV) And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV) And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
17:1–4. Jesus taught about the obligations His disciples had toward other people (vv. 1–4) and God (vv. 6–10). Followers of Jesus are not to cause people to sin. In this life sin cannot be eradicated—such things are bound to come. But a disciple would be better off drowned by a millstone (a heavy stone for grinding grain) tied around his neck, than to bring spiritual harm (skandalisē, “to cause to sin”) to these little ones (people who, like little children, are helpless before God; cf. 10:21; Mark 10:24). Presumably the sinning referred to is lack of faith in the Messiah. Jesus had already noted that the Pharisees were not only refusing to enter the kingdom but were also keeping others from entering (Luke 11:52).
Not only are Jesus’ followers not to cause others to sin; they also are to counteract sin by forgiving others (17:3–4). One should rebuke a brother if he sins. If he repents, he is to be forgiven even if he sins and repents over and over. The words seven times in a day denote a completeness—as often as it happens
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