Why Elijah was Sent to a Widow in Sidon and not in Israel

Why Elijah was Sent to a Widow in Sidon and not in Israel

The question "Why was Elijah sent to a widow in Zarephath which is in Sidon, and not to a widow in Israel?" can be answered with one word - Faith.

Yes, faith is the reason that God chose to send His prophet to a woman who was not an Israelite. 

We know this because when Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth, where He had been brought up, He read from the Book of Isaiah saying, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free. (Luke 4:18)

After reading, He sat down and all those who were in the synagogue were looking at Him. He then told them "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:21)  

His audience marveled at the graciousness of His words but then they asked, "Is this not Joseph's son?(Luke 4:22)

"Is this not Mary's Son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon?"
"Are His sisters not here?"
As a result, they were offended at Him. (Mark 6:2-3)

By asking these questions the people of Nazareth nullified their faith in Jesus as the Son of God because they reduced him to just a local carpenter's son.

Jesus responded by telling them, "A prophet is without honor in his own country, among his own relatives and in his own house." (Mark 6:4)

Consequently, Jesus could not do any mighty work there, except laying of His hands on a few sick people and healing them. (Mark 6:5) And, He marveled at their unbelief. (Mark 6:6)

Note that after telling them that "No prophet is accepted in his own country", (Luke 4:24) Jesus said, I tell you there were many widows in Israel during the days of Elijah when it did not rain for 3 1/2 years and there was a great famine in all the land. But Elijah was not sent to a widow in Israel. He was sent to a widow in Zarephath which is in Sidon. (Luke 4:25-26) 

This implies that the Israelites did not also accept Elijah as a prophet and have faith and thus God had to send him to a widow in Sidon instead of sending him to a widow in Israel.

The same unbelief that Jesus experienced among His own people which resulted in Him not doing mighty works in His hometown was also operating in Elijah's time and so God sent him to the widow of Zarephath.

The lack of unbelief by the people of Nazareth also implied that the widow had faith and that is why she was able to experience the mighty work that God did through Elijah of feeding her during the famine.

Therefore, regardless of who you are and where you live, have faith in the God of Israel and His Son Jesus Christ and you will be able to experience the mighty works that He does here on earth. 

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