This story follows immediately on Elijah's victory over Jezebel's prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, in 1 Kings 18:20-40. Queen Jezebel of the northern kingdom is so angry with Elijah for slaying the prophets of Baal that she vows to kill him, and Elijah flees for his life. Many sermons from this passage have concentrated on the manner of revelation to Elijah and on the "still, small voice" of God that comes to him. Probably the emphasis of the passage, however, is on Elijah and his discouragement over his prophetic office.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.