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Elijah the Tishbite by W W Fereday

We are in danger of regarding the worthies of old time — especially those whose records are given us in Holy Scripture—in a false light. To the common-place people of the Twentieth Century those characters seem to have walked upon heights inaccessible to us. We look with awe at Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and Paul (to name only a few), and perhaps we feel that we can never hope to walk as they walked, and serve as they served. The ancient worthies thus become almost unreal to us. Now the Holy Spirit has expressly guarded against this in the case of Elijah. In Jam_5:17 we are told that "he was a man subject to like passions as we are." This meant that this remarkable man of God, whose name will never perish, was not essentially different from any present-day Christian. He was bold, certainly; but he could also be moody, nervous, and self-centred. Unlike human biographers, the Holy Spirit tells us the whole truth about the characters of whom He writes. We must never forget that Old Testament believers were not favoured as we are. They knew God as the Almighty, and as Jehovah, but not as Father; for the Only-Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, had not yet come to earth to declare Him (Joh_1:18). Moreover, as they lived on the other side of the Cross, they knew nothing of the privileges, blessings, and intimate relationships which are unfolded in the Apostolical Epistles. Also, the Holy Spirit had not been given, as a divine favour of love; this could not be until the risen Christ took His seat on high on the ground of accomplished redemption (Joh_7:39). No doubt, there were from time to time special endowments with the Holy Spirit's power for particular service; but that is not the same thing as the Holy Spirit given to abide with the saints for ever (Joh_14:16). Thus we are more favoured, and have more at our command, than the prophet who is the theme of this book. What made Elijah the mighty man he was? Prayer, preceded by deep exercise concerning the condition of things around him. He walked in conscious dependence upon God. He was his strength and stay. This surely is open to believers in any age. Sometimes we excuse our non-success in service by saying, "it is a day of small things" (Zec_4:10). Another has suggested that we had far better say, "it is a day of small men!" But why should we be small men? Why should we not be filled with zeal for the glory of God, as Elijah was? Our work will, of course, differ from his in character. Every crisis has its own needs, and God knows where to find His suited instruments. But why should not the reader say, "Here am I send me." (Isa_6:8).

Table of Contents

Elijah the Prophet
Israel's Evil History
The Rival Captains
Omri and Ahab
Elijah's Prayer
The Great Drought
By the Brook Cherith
The Widow of Zarephath
The Meal and the Oil
"Until the Day"
The God of Resurrection
Prophet and King
Prophet and People
The Prophet and His God
At the Mount of God
God's Seven Thousand
Naboth's Vineyard
Ahaziah and His Captains
Elijah's Translation
On the Holy Mount

W. W. Fereday was born in England in 1863, was saved at 16 and almost immediately started to preach.

He spent the whole of his life in the study and exposition of the Scripture of Truth, travelled extensively and spent a considerable time in Scotland and the continent of Europe. He was a faithful expositor of the Word of God. He knew no fear and never compromised for one moment, one could not help but love him.

He lived for many years in Rothesay, Scotland, and the last five years of his life at Machermore Eventide Home, Scotland, from where he went to be with the Lord at the age of 96.

He was of a worthy kind - John Nelson Darby - William Kelly - William Woldridge Fereday. Brother Fereday always had two life size portraits of these two revered men of God in his large study; he knew them both personally and they were guides to him in his early formative years.

Many lovers of the Scriptures have spent long hours immersing themselves in the writings of J. N. Darby and have found them at first reading almost beyond understanding. However, after further reading, the truth conveyed gradually shone through and one could grasp the writer's meaning and then would gladly acknowledge that what he wrote was undoubtedly worth the effort and I hasten to add, a very sweet portion.

However W W Fereday was different. Precise, accurate, lucid, brief; he was as succinct in his written ministry as in his public addresses. One of his favourite expressions was "I do not give lectures, I state facts". He never wasted a word, wrote in the briefest possible way, taught the same truths as J.N.D. and W.K. but in a language that was simple, interesting, and often thrilling; in fact just in the form that young Christians will appreciate today.

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