Season 2, Episode 2
For Thursday, August 13, 2015
“Observations Under the Juniper Tree” Part 2
HOST: Andrew Crowe
- On last week’s episode, Andrew introduced Elijah and who he was. This week, Andrew explores the topic of some of the symptoms of depression that Elijah shows.
Outline of this episode:
Loss of Interest in Daily Activities and Hobbies
o 1 Kings 19:3
o One may look to this verse and ask, “How does this show a lack of interest?”
o Part of the lack of interest deals with the fact that people will try and separate themselves from others who are around them.
o Elijah is putting himself in a position that he would be alone.
o “Even in his anxiety about himself, he had tender consideration for others; and, besides, he wanted complete solitude” (Charles Spurgeon).
Thoughts of Death/Suicide Attempts.
o 1 Kings 19:4
o He rests under a juniper tree (broom tree) which would have provided Elijah with ample protection from the sun.
o He says, “It is enough.” He felt he had endured enough of this. He had lived long enough.
o While he is not trying to kill himself, he is actively wishing for death to come his way.
o Many who suffer from depression often have thought of their own demise, sometimes by their own hands.
Thoughts and Feelings of Helplessness, Worthlessness, and Guilt
o 1 Kings 19:4
o He says, “I am no better than my fathers.” This is likely a reference to the prophets who came before him.
o “God, they preached to the people and died at their hands. I’m no better than they.”
o He feels like a failure.
Next week: Two more symptoms we want to examine.
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