Passing the Mantle

It’s so important to teach the younger generation. Elijah mentored Elisha for almost eight years. Then Elisha made an unusual request...
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  1. Interesting question, Tom Simcox asks, Was Elisha’s request granted?

    We read in 2 Kings 2:9-10 that Elisha requested a “double portion of Elijah’s spirit.” Did God give Elisha what he asked of the LORD? Well Elijah had 5 miracles.

    1) Elijah declared a drought upon the land. – 1 Kings 17:1-7
    2) Elijah’s multiplied the widow’s oil. – 1 Kings 17:9-16
    3) Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead. – 1 Kings 17:17-23
    4) Elijah called down the fire from heaven. – 1 Kings 18:20-38
    5 Elijah smote the river with his mantle and divided the waters. – 2 Kings 2:8

    Now let’s see if Elisha reached 10:

    1) Elisha smote the river with Elijah’s mantle and divided the waters. – 2 Kings 2:14
    2) Elisha went to Jericho and transformed a poison water supply into a clean spring. – 2 Kings 2:19-22
    3) Elisha called down a curse on a group of young attackers. – 2 Kings 2:23-25
    4) Elisha supplied water when Jehoram’s army was suffering from thirst. – 2 Kings 3:9-20
    5) Elisha increased the poor widow’s supply of oil. – 2 Kings 4:1-7
    6) Elisha restored to life the son of the woman of Shunem. – 2 Kings 4:18-37
    7) Elisha cured a poisonous pot of stew. – 2 Kings 4:38-41
    8) Elisha multiplied 20 loaves of bread into enough to feed 100 men. – 2 Kings 4:42-44
    9) Elisha cured Naaman the Syrian of his leprosy. – 2 Kings 5:1-14
    10) Elisha made an iron ax head float in the Jordan river. – 2 Kings 6:1-7

    So Elisha got what he had asked of God. But wait, don’t stop there, as God has more blessings for us than we can even imagine. We read in 2 Kings 13:14; 20 that Elisha died in his own house of an illness and was buried. But then what happens? As we keep reading in verse 21 we read, ”So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.”

    Just like with the loaves and fishes God does not just give us enough. And with Elisha, God did not just stop at 10, which is all that Elisha had asked for. Just another example in His Word that our Heavenly Father, our Abba, has more in store for us then we can ever imagine!

  2. Wow God! Yes! I do mentor four young men and three young women and they too, will continue to pass on the Biblical torch, well after I’m gone. Thank you for this timely post!

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