Elisha the prophet who took over from Elijah, 2 Kings 2:1-14

Elisha 852BC-796BC=56 years the prophet who took over from Elijah 860BC-852BC=8 years.

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 in Hebrew means: God is savior.

Background Reading:

Elijah Taken Up to Heaven

2:1 As the time drew near when the LORD was about to take Elijah to heaven in a wind storm, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah instructed Elisha, “Remain here on this side, please, because the LORD is sending me as far as Bethel.”

But Elisha replied, “As the LORD lives, I’m not going to leave you while you’re still alive!” So they both went on to Bethel.

3 When the Guild of Prophets who lived in Bethel came out to greet Elisha, they asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?”

“Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”

4 Elijah also spoke to him, “Elisha, remain here on this side, please, because the LORD is sending me to Jericho.”

But Elisha responded, “As the LORD lives, and while you’re still alive, I’m not going to leave you!” So they went to Jericho.

5 The Guild of Prophets who lived in Jericho approached Elisha and asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?”

“Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”

6 Elijah also spoke to him, “Elisha, remain here on this side, please, because the LORD is sending me to the Jordan River.”

But Elisha responded, “As the LORD lives, and while you’re still alive, I’m not going to leave you!” So they went on their way, 7 accompanied by 50 men from the Guild of Prophets, who stood at a short distance from them while they were both standing by the Jordan. 8 Elijah took off his ornamented cloak, wrapped it up in a roll, struck the water, and all of a sudden the water divided into two parts! One side of the river stood still opposite the other until the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

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.

1st miracle – Elisha divided the river

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.
2 Kings 2:1-14

Other Bible references: 2 Kings 2:1 — 2 Kings 13:20

More Information:

Elisha the successor to the prophet Elijah

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:
Jordan divided

Water healed 2 Kings 2:19-22

Mocking children torn by bears 2 Kings 2:23-25

Water supplied

Widow’s oil multiplied 2 King 4:1-7

Pottage rendered harmless 2 Kings 4:38-41

Loaves multiplied 2 Kings 4:42-44

Child raised to life

Naaman healed 2 Kings 5:1-27

Gehazi struck with leprosy 2 Kings

Iron caused to float 2 Kings 6:1-7

Traps Blinded Arameans 2 kings 6:6-23

Resurrection of a man 2 Kings 13:21


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