Some Lessons from Elisha

Text: 1 Kings 19:16

Requested a Double Portion of Elijah’s Spirit (2 Kings 2:6-14)

  • Not referring to a greater ability to prophesy or perform miracles, but it had to do with the desire to follow in the footsteps of his master and continue his work (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17)
  • Those who have led us are worthy of honor (1 Timothy 5:17) — we should emulate them (Hebrews 13:7) and continue their work (2 Timothy 4:5-6)

Cursed the Youths (2 Kings 2:23-24)

  • These youths did not respect Elisha — he was to be respected as a prophet of God (as Elisha respected Elijah) and as someone older than them (cf. Proverbs 20:29)
  • Children must be raised to respect authority & love others (Ephesians 6:4; Matthew 22:36-40)

The Widow’s Oil (2 Kings 4:1-7)

  • Serving God is not about physical prosperity — seek heavenly things (Matthew 6:19-21); while those who proclaim the gospel may be paid (1 Corinthians 9:14), that should not be the goal (Philippians 4:15-17; Acts 20:33-34)
  • We need to use the blessings we have — God did not miraculously provide food, provided oil that could be sold for food; God blesses all (James 1:17), but does so differently for each person; we must use what we have wisely
  • We must pay back our debts — Elisha did not talk about bankruptcy, default, or to seek for debt forgiveness; he told the widow to pay her debt

Healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14)

  • When the great Naaman came to Elisha’s house, the prophet did not come out to meet him, but sent his servant to deliver the instructions (v. 9-10); this made Naaman furious (v. 11)
  • Truth is truth, regardless of who teaches it (John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
  • We need to have faith in God’s word, not in man (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:5)

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