I Kings 17:14
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14  For thus said Hashem, the God of Yisrael: The jar of flour shall not give out and the jug of oil shall not fail until the day that Hashem sends rain upon the ground.”

KEE KHO a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY yis-ra-AYL KAD ha-KE-makh LO tikh-LAH v’-tza-PA-khat ha-SHE-men LO tekh-SAR AD YOM tayt a-do-NAI GE-shem al p’-NAY ha-a-da-MAH

יד  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כַּד הַקֶּמַח לֹא תִכְלָה וְצַפַּחַת הַשֶּׁמֶן לֹא תֶחְסָר עַד יוֹם תתן־[תֵּת־] יְהֹוָה גֶּשֶׁם עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה׃

 17:14   The jar of flour shall not give out and the jug of oil shall not fail 

An earthenware jar from the era of King David

The contents of the widow’s jug of oil and jar of flour, both of which are close to empty, do not diminish during the entire period of drought. This miracle follows a familiar pattern. In general, when Hashem performs miracles, He does so by using that which is already in existence. Thus, He does not create flour or oil where there is nothing, but rather extends the supply of the quantity that is already present. This is similar to the miracles performed in the establishment and subsequent flourishing of the State of Israel. The People of Israel had to do real work, and to be willing to give up their lives for a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. After they had done so, God then met the people more than halfway by performing miracles of truly biblical proportions. For example, though the Jewish people have always been vastly outnumbered by their enemies, Hashem continually grants victory to the Israel Defense Forces. Similarly, the massive ingathering of the exiles from all corners of the Earth is a miraculous fulfillment of the biblical prophecy, “Your children shall return to their country” (Jeremiah 31:16).

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  • We have a painting in our dining room. It was painted to raise support for 'Open Doors' many years ago. One item in the picture is the Cruse of oil, which never ran out, among other things which have been spoken of and taught over the years. The Bible, open which speaks of it being read and not gathering dust, the 'pearl of great price' a glass of water which speaks of He who will give the Living Water, a loaf of bread etc

  • This is one of my favourite stories, the trust of the widow, the request of Elijah and the faithfulness and provision of Hashem all work together to instill faith and trust in future generations. Hashem will, Hashem does provide.


I Kings 17:14

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