Elisha: Passing the Mantle (9 of 14) by Jerry Vines

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Elisha: Passing the Mantle (9 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
Jerry Vines
2 Kings 2

I have read to you the introductory verses of the chapter which give us the transition between Elijah, the fiery prophet of God, and Elisha, the young protégé. The name, Elijah, mean the Lord Yahweh lives. Elisha means God is salvation. You have a study in contrast when you study these prophets of God. Elijah was the fiery type. He is the one, who on the mount of Carmel, confronted the prophets of Baal and called down the fire of God upon the sacrifice. He was the one that was filled with lightning. He was the one who could call down fire or rain, which ever was needed.

On the other hand, his young successor, Elisha, seems to be more of the gentle spirited kind. It reminds me of the contrast between John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus. You may remember that John the Baptist was the fiery preacher in the wilderness. He was not much of a social person. He was a bit withdrawn. The Lord Jesus came and He was one who mixed and mingled with the people. He felt quite at home in social gatherings. People loved to be around Him.

God uses different personalities. God uses different kinds of servants in different ways and at particular times.

The transition is going to be made. God is going to call young Elisha to carry on the ministry which Elijah had begun. We are told about the call of Elisha back in chapter 19 of I Kings. Let's refresh our memory and see the call of God on Elisha. Verse 19 says this. ''So he (Elijah) departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth, and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.''

Here was Elisha out in the field working. He was a busy man. He was involved in something when the call of God came upon his life. The ministry is no place for lazy people. It's hard work serving the Lord. It's hard work being in the ministry of the Lord. God has called us ...


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