Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Double Portion

Our last post concerned mentoring and used the passage in 2 Timothy chapter 2 to illustrate how we need to invest in the lives of others. In this post, look at the passion of Elijah that attracted Elisha to want more of what Elijah had.  

1 Kings 19:19-21 states "So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him."

If you look at the phrase "cast his cloak upon him" it essentially means to pass one's power or office upon another. Elisha knew what this meant. So he said I want to go home and tell my family and I will follow. Elijah obliged.

Now think about the following passage in 2 Kings 2:6-10.

Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so

What does a double portion of your spirit on me mean? A double portion is the blessing of the firstborn. But Elisha was not wanting a physical blessing but a spiritual blessing. One in which only God could give.

Does your life exemplify God in such a way others want you have.. Are you willing to invest your time and resources so others can obtain it?

Doug Johnson

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