The story of the Gentile widow of Zarephath found in 1 Kings 17 is an amazing story, and it is the first account of the dead being brought back to life in the Bible. Elisha duplicates this miracle of Elijah's, by bringing an Israelite woman's son back to life in 2 Kings 4. I was researching something about ancient pagan gods and I found myself in Blueletterbible.com, one thing lead to another, and then this phrase - "the mistress of the house" in 1 Kings 17 caught my eye, so I looked it up in the concordance and I was quite amazed at what I found. The phrase in Hebrew is: "ba 'alah bayith", which can mean one of two things.
- One, it could mean she was the owner of the house,
- or two, it could mean she was a sorceress, or a necromancer.
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Surly this widow knew what was going on, the reason for the drought, I mean Elijah must have told her something while they sojourned together through the famine. Did she think he was sent to her to punish her for her sins of idolatry by killing her only son, and thus killing her future, just like God was using him to punish Ahab and Jezebel? Perhaps, but the text doesn't outright say this. But she must have had a reason for saying what she did. Her guilty or convicted conscience was speaking through the grief of her loss, no doubt.