Read II Kings 1 -- 3
Death of Ahaziah, king of
Ten years before Elijah's departure in a "chariot of fire," the LORD said to him . . . Jehu . . . shall you anoint to be king over
At the time Elijah called Elisha to join him, it appears that Elisha was a prosperous young farmer. To accept Elijah's calling to be his servant would mean that Elisha would have to forsake his family and friends as well as financial securities. His friends probably thought that to be the servant of a prophet would be a lonely, menial occupation. But, Elisha knew that obeying God's Word provides the true values of life and leads us to spiritual trust and commitment to the Lord. So he immediately converted his plows into firewood. He . . . took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments (implements) of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered to him (19:21). Elisha's actions demonstrate that the key to one's usefulness in the
Just prior to Elijah's translation into heaven, Elisha again revealed his spiritual discernment and loyalty to God that qualified him to be Elijah's successor when Elijah said to Elisha, Tarry here . . . for the LORD has sent me to
As He did for Elisha, the Lord has used circumstances to place each of us where we are today in order to determine the sincerity of our commitment to Him. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be . . . stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58).
In the Lord taking up Elijah in the whirlwind and the dropping of the mantle — a symbol of the presence and power of God that remains with His faithful servants (II Kings 2:8-15). This is a foreshadowing of the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and His sending of the Holy Spirit to indwell believers in Him, giving us power to evangelize the world. He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven (Luke 24:51-53; see also Acts 1 — 2).
1:8 girt = bound; girdle of leather = leather belt or band around his waist; 2:19 naught = pollutted, bad; 2:24 tare = mauled or mangled them; 3:9 fetched a compass = circled around; made a roundabout march; 3:27 offered him = burned him alive as a sacrifice to a god of
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 5:22