Wilderness Experience 14 – In Beersheba a Master dies and a Father is born

We spoke in chapter 12 about a paradigm shift that occurred in the ministry of Elijah.
We listed two areas where the paradigm shift happened.
The first was the understanding of the still small voice of the God within him.
The second was to adjust from a Master – Servant Model in his ministry to Father – Son Model.
Let me quickly remind you from scripture what Elijah did before he arrived at the Mountain of God:

1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.
Now please allow me again to remind you something that God said to Elijah at Mount Horeb:

1 Kings 19:16-16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint [to be] king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint [to be] prophet in thy room.
You see God made Elijah to leave his servant in Beersheba before introducing his son Elisha.
The servant has served Elijah and it would be a reasonable thing to reward him with a mantle when he leaves the earth.
When you are going to get a son you shall loose a servant in Beersheba and a well qualified servant.
Abraham lost Ishmael to the same place where Elijah left his servant!

Do you want a proof? Ok let’s go check:
Genesis 21:14-15
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
God made Elijah to face the same challenges of fathering which Abraham faced.
For this we now see that Elijah walked where Abraham walked and that was the place where their fatherhood was both tested.

In Beersheba a Master Dies and a Father is Born.
Why did God choose Beersheba? What is the meaning of Beersheba?
Beersheba means "Well of oath".
This is the place where Fathers bury their blunders and they have to make very hard choices.
Well there were actually two serious fathering blunders that Abraham came to sort out in Beersheba.
Let’s go and check:

Genesis 21:22-24
And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God [is] with thee in all that thou doest:
Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: [but] according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
And Abraham said, I will swear.

Something in this place happened that nearly wiped of the very name "father of many nations".
Abraham made a diplomatic move to the church membership of Abimelech that would have dealt sonship a great blow.
Now Abimelech wanted to put this to rest.
What did Abraham do? Let’s go and see in the previous chapter:

Genesis 20:10-13
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This [is] thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He [is] my brother.
Abraham took the easy way out; he pretended that his wife is his sister so that their lives will be spared.
Later Abraham and Sara took another easy way out and decided that Abraham sleep with Hagar so that a son will be born.

Well these are business decisions that ministries take to have more members; they sacrifice their true families and true sons and they enter into networks that will bring more money and members to them as church.
For both Elijah and Abraham God called them to sort out their fatherhood blunders in Beersheba.

Elijah:
[12:07, 24/09/2015] Vanto Vanto: 1 Kings 19:3-3
And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which [belongeth] to Judah, and left his servant there.

Elijah 2:
[12:17, 24/09/2015] Vanto Vanto: 1 Kings 19:16-16
And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint [to be] king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint [to be] prophet in thy room.

Elijah 3:
1 Kings 19:19-19
So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who [was] plowing [with] twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

Abraham 1:
Genesis 21:14-14
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba
Abraham 2:
Genesis 21:31-33
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.
Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
And [Abraham] planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
Where Hagar was thirst for water Abraham dug a well.
Genesis 21 and 1 Kings 21 have the same thing in common: Isaac and Elisha are born and chosen and Ishmael the son of their servant and Elijah’s servant are taken out.
This was a very difficult chapter.
Let’s simplify it later.
Face your Beersheba Wilderness; Dig a well to get water and make an oath.
Shalom.

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