Elisha, The Prophet With Double Portion

The first miracle he performed was the healing of a spring of water, which caused miscarriage and death. When a widow of one of the prophets cried to him in despair, for not having money to pay her creditor, resulting in her sons being taken away to be used as slaves, he asked her, What do you have in the house?  one jar of oil, was her reply. Elisha then advised her to borrow jars from the neighbors and fill them with oil, and sell it to pay her debt and live off the remainder. To the kindness of a rich woman, who was barren, he promised a son. Her son died sometimes later; Elisha came to his rescue and brought him to life. During a famine, Elisha healed the pottage with a wild vine not suitable to eat, set before the prophets.  He fed a hundred hungry men with only twenty loaves of barley bread; having enough left over for another day, according to the words of the Lord, They shall be fed and have some left. Elisha healed the commander of the army of the king of Syria from leprosy. He refused to take his gifts, saying, As the Lord lives, before Whom I stand, I will accept none. When Gehazi, his servant went after the gifts, lying to Naaman, Elisha confronted him by asking, Where have you been? Did not my spirit go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you?… therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cleave to you and to your offspring forever. And Gehazi went from his presence a leper as white as snow (II Kings 4-5).

He made the ax head which had fallen into the river, to float for one of the sons of the prophets who was cutting trees to build them a house. He saved Israel from the hands of the Syrian King; he overcame the Syrian army who came to kill him. When his servant panicked, he said, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them; then he prayed, Lord I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes; and he saw the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. He prayed asking the Lord to smite the Syrian army with blindness, who had come against him. He prayed to the Lord to open their eyes and it happened. He prophesized seven years of famine. Elisha was a prophet used by God to show mercy to the nation of Israel.  (II Kings 6-7).

He outlived several kings; no one knows how old he was when he died, but from what we read concerning his experiences, someone concluded that he was an old man, at the age of one hundred twenty years at the time of his death.  He was indeed a prophet that proved himself to be a workman who had no cause to be ashamed, for he performed the will of God from the time he was a young man to the time of his death at an old age.  When he fell ill from the illness of which he died, Jehoash, King of Israel, although an idolatrous king, came down to see Elisha and wept over him saying, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen of it (II Kings 13:14). These were the very words and feeling Elisha uttered when Elijah was translated; and they are the same words and feeling felt by king Jehoash for Elisha at his death. The reality of the matter is that one was translated to heaven alive and the other went to heaven through death. We see in this, reality to be the same, although different in its representation -alive and dead. The cry of King Jehoash indicated his respect for Elisha, in spite of his antagonism toward him. In death, no one should hold bad feelings against the one dying, for it is a moment of inner reflexivity; death will happen to all. We are all victims of sin. Therefore, susceptible to the consequences it brings. Death was not what God intended for his creation; but the fall of men lead them to that end.

Through the death of His only Son, YAHSHUA, God has imputed His righteousness to all who has accepted His gift of salvation. In YAHSHUA’S death, men were reconciled with God; and as the Bible says, There is now no more condemnation for those who walk according to the Spirit of God. Elisha’s life will always speak, although no sound will be heard; his faith will stand through all circumstances to help us to know that it is faith that is counted unto righteousness before our God. Elisha’s life was counted as righteous before God; his reward was a place in heaven, where peace, joy, freedom from diseases, love exists, and more. That will be for us too who follow the Lord faithfully.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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