"He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over." (2 Kings 2:13-14 KJV)
2 Kings 2: 12-14 describes the transition of authority from Elijah to Elisha. While there were a number of prophets in Israel, it would seem that Elijah was Our Wonderful God's “chief prophet" of this time. After his departure, it was necessary that his successor be designated in a way that would make it clear he was the one in whom the spirit of Elijah had come to abide. By parting the waters of the Jordan River while 50 prophets watched him do it, Elisha proved he was now the "chief prophet."
Elisha means "God is salvation." He was anointed by Elijah as Our Wonderful God instructed while plowing in, Shaphat's (his father) field with 12 yoke of oxen. So Elisha knew he was to take Elijah's place as "chief prophet" in Israel. Elisha asked for and received a "double portion" of the spirit of Elijah before or as Elijah left with his "chariot of fire". Elisha served as a prophet of the northern kingdom for more than 50 years, through the reigns of kings Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and into the reign of Joash.
The first thing Our Wonderful God did through Elisha was to "cure" the bitter waters of the spring in Jericho. Elisha threw some salt into it when the men of the city asked to make the waters better (2 Kings 2:18-20). It sweetened the waters and the land was no longer barren. Yes, he had the double portion of Elijah's spirit. Would he always use it wisely? Or was he human enough to mess things up? We know that Elijah was depressed and afraid but what about Elisha? Tomorrow, 5/09/18, read the #2 Wise Prophet?
Our Wonderful God was in charge of this universe when Elisha was here and He still keeps charge, but His Son, Jesus Christ, will be the ultimate authority into eternity. So learn as much as possible about this God that loves and wants you in His kingdom forever to mature as you get older not just wait but be active in His kingdom. Read His Book, the Holy Bible, and pray to Him.
We invite you to Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) for Bible Study then Worship Services (10:30 AM) when the nursery is open for infants and toddlers. There is a children's church during the morning Worship. An Hispanic congregation, El Faro, holds a Worship Service at 1:00 PM in Spanish. At 6:00 PM we have an evening Bible Study (in English) along with AWANA clubs for children. Wednesday evening we meet for Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. Come sing in our choir. We practice at 5:00 PM on SUNDAY. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Wonderful God!