Elisha the Prophet, Hebrews 11:35 and 2 Kings 2:9-25

Elisha – world not worthy of him.
Elisha 852BC-796BC, the prophet who was the successor to Elijah 860BC-852BC.

Elisha the Son of Shaphat from Abel-meholah held the office of a prophet for fifty-six years.

Elisha’s second of 32 Miracles was healing of the water of Jericho.

Elijah calls Elisha to be his attendant in 1st Kings 19:19-21 in the reign of King Ahab 7th King of Israel.

Elisha dies in 2 Kings 13:20 in the reign of King Jehoash 12th King of Israel 798BC-782BC.

Elisha’s illness 2 Kings 13:14
Elisha’s death 2 Kings 13:20

Elisha whose name in Hebrew means: my God is salvation or savior.

Background Reading:

They went around in sheepskins and goatskins — e.g. garments of the prophets Elisha.
Hebrews 11:37

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9 When they had crossed the Jordan River, Elijah invited Elisha, “Ask me what you want me to do for you before I’m taken away from you.”

So Elisha asked, “Please, may there be a double portion of your spirit upon me!”

10 “That’s a hard thing to ask for,” Elijah answered, “but if you see me while I’m being taken from you, it will happen for you. But if you don’t see me, it won’t happen.”

11 As they continued on, talking as they went, suddenly chariots blazing with fire and pulled by fiery horses appeared, separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a wind storm to heaven! 12 As Elisha continued to watch, he cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and its cavalry!” Then he did not see Elijah anymore.

After this, Elisha gripped his clothes that he was wearing, tore them apart into two pieces, 13 picked up Elijah’s ornamented cloak that had fallen from him, and went back to stand on the bank of the Jordan River.

Elisha 1st miracle – water divided

14 Elisha took hold of Elijah’s ornamental cloak that had been left behind, struck the water, and cried out: “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” All of a sudden, after he had struck the water, the water divided into two parts! One side of the river stood opposite the other, and Elisha crossed over.

Elisha’s 2nd miracle – Cures the Waters of Jericho

2:19 The men who lived in the city addressed Elisha. “Look now,” they said, “our city’s location is good, as you have been observing, but the water springs here are bad and the land isn’t sustaining crops.”

20 Elisha ordered them, “Bring me a new bowl and put some salt in it.” So they brought him what he had requested.

21 Elisha went out to the springs, threw the salt into them, and declared, “This is what the LORD says: ‘I have purified these waters. Neither death nor barrenness is to flow from them anymore.’” 22 As a result, the water springs remain pure to this day, just as Elisha had declared.

3rd miracle Elisha Rebukes Some Mockers

23 Later, Elisha left there to go up to Bethel, and as he was traveling along the road, some insignificant young men came from the city and started mocking him. They told him, “Get on up, baldy! Get on up, baldy!” 24 He looked behind him, took note of the young men, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. Suddenly two female bears emerged from the woods and mauled 42 of the young men. 25 After this, he left from there to go to Mt. Carmel, and from there he went back to Samaria.
2 Kings 2:9—25
also read: 2 Kings 3:1 to 2 Kings 13:20, also look up 2 Chronicles.

More Information:

Elisha the successor to the prophet Elijah
Elisha a Model of spiritual leader:
A man of great energy 1 Kings 19:19
When called by God made a complete surrender
Sought spiritual equipment and empowerment from Elijah
Spoke with authority by hearing directly from God
Put his entire personality into the work
Was of incorruptible integrity
Lived in the spirit of victory
A man of spiritual vision
Died a victorious death
Had a wonderful posthumous influence

Miracles of Elisha:
Jordan divided
Water healed
Mocking children torn by bears
Water supplied
Widow’s oil multiplied
Pottage rendered harmless
Loaves multiplied
Child raised to life
Naaman healed
Gehazi stuck with leprosy
Iron caused to float
Syrian smitten
Resurrection of a man 2 Kings 13:21


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