May 31st - Bob Marsh - Elisha

 

Preparation for Sunday: Elisha (not Elijah, Elisha) the prophet. Jesus referred to him, which marks him as a significant prophet of Israel. Some facts about Elisha: please read I Kings 19:16-21. This is our introduction to Elisha. Elijah was commanded by God to anoint Elisha to take his place. Vs 16.

1.    Elisha was a prophet of the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and succeeded Elijah. He ministered around 800 BC for about 50 years, serving during the reign of 4 kings.

2.    He received a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit, performing twice as many miracles as Elijah, II Kings 2:9-10. There are some interesting contrast between Elijah and his disciple Elisha. Elijah was from the wilderness, stern, given to discouragement, and we know little of his background.  Elisha spent time with the people, more personal, one-on-one ministry with people, compassionate and caring for individuals.

3.    Elisha’s ministry was both personal and political. His personal relationships related to his many miracles. Note II Kings 2:19-22. This is the beginning of many miracles. You might scan chapters 2-5 and note some of the miracles. Interesting reading. ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND ROMANS 15:4, I CORINTHIANS 10:6, II TIMOTHY 3:16.

SO WE WILL FOCUS ON II KINGS 6 AND DO WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS ENCOURAGED US TO DO: LEARN LESSONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT CHARACTERS. STUDY THE HISTORIC CONTEXT IN ORDER TO LEARN SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES.

II Kings 6:1-17 will be the heart of our lesson. We will seek some spiritual principles to encourage, learn, and find hope. Do not get stuck in details, but let’s see what some 3000 year old events have to teach us in 2020.

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