Lk.12:24 – Consider the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

Jesus knew about lack and provision. He grew up with stories about living in exile in Egypt as an infant eating from the gift of gold brought to his parents at his birth. They lived off of the benevolence of gentiles possibly for years until their return to Nazareth. In Nazareth He grew up watching his father Joseph labor to put food on the table for his growing family. Here, Jesus is speaking about ravens of all things. Surely He was thinking about Elijah’s ravens. Have you ever considered Elijah’s ravens? While other animals died during the drought these ravens were well fed. If you decide to live like these ravens, taking care of the Lord’s ministers and His work, you will be taken care of as well. Here is how Matthew Henry describes it.

“Ravens are themselves fed by special providence (Job 38:41; Ps 147:9), and now they fed the prophet. Have we experienced God’s special goodness to us and ours? Let us consider ourselves obliged to be kind to those who are his, for his sake. Let us learn from this:

To acknowledge the sovereignty and power of God over all creatures. He can use them as he pleases, either for judgment or mercy. To encourage ourselves in God in times of greatest difficulty and never to distrust him. The One who could spread a table in the desert and make ravens suppliers, cooks, and servants to his prophet is able to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory (Php 4:19).”

We are obviously living in unusual times. We have all been pressed in ways we didn’t know existed in recent times. We find ourselves in the position of Elijah’s ravens. What are our options? Live for ourselves and die like the other birds? The other option is better, take care of God’s kingdom and He will take care of us. So consider the ravens. If the Lord can provide meat and bread for birds for years in famine surely He will take care of you. Jesus had watched God’s provision for His family and now for His growing band of disciples. He liked to watch the ravens, they reminded Him of His Father’s sure supply.

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