It is wonderful how some verses get impressed in ones’s heart so strongly that you read them over and over again. I am sure I have read Luke 4 several times before however verses 25-27 where a bomb shell for me today. I like the Amplified Version.
Here, Jesus was conversing with folks in his hometown, “But in truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was not sent [by the Lord] to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and not one of them was cleansed [by being healed] except Naaman the Syrian.”
The questions I had: why that specific widow? And why Naaman?
Whilst thinking through the questions, few other scenarios came to my mind.
The man by the pool of Bethesda. John 5:2-9. Surely there were other men/women by that pool; many with longer standing issues (> 38 yrs) and some with < 38 years. Old, young, middle-age. But it was recorded that he met one specific man.
Mary the mother of Jesus could not have been the only virgin. Angel Gabriel called her, “blessed among all women”. (Luke 1:27-28).
Esther was not the only virgin prepared for the King, yet she was chosen out of many. (Esther 2)
There must be something that attracted God to these ones. If the criteria was anyone widow in Zarephath, other widows qualified. If it was virginity and well-groomed body, others as well as Esther qualified, if it was being handicapped, others at the pool qualified.
What singled out these ones? GRACE, FAVOUR, MERCY.
I could not resist the prayer point, King of Glory, by your Grace, single me out for favours in Jesus name. Amen