Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 3, 2019

Jesus’s first sermon was short but powerful. He told the crowd he is bringing good news. At first, the crowd was excited. Soon after, they wanted to throw him off a cliff. Jesus reminded them that during a famine, Elijah was sent to only a widow in another land, Sidon. During a time where there were many lepers, the prophet, Elisha, cleansed only Naaman the Syrian. These two stories reminded the Israelites that God sent these prophets away from them to bless foreigners.  God’s promise of blessings was not just for a select few but for everyone. Many Americans feel that we are the “chosen” people or God’s favored nation. Today’s prophets remind us the God’s favor is for all. We need the faith and trust that Naaman and the widow had. Like the Jews listening the Jesus, some are angry with this message. We must walk in the way of Jesus in order to have the blessings of God. It is the way of faith. By sharing God’s blessings, we are blessed.