Between the “chariot” and the rocking chair But the cloak is powerful because of the anointing of the … knowledge that can strengthen the ministry of those who follow us? Answer: Although there are variations of the meaning of mantle in the Bible, the main idea is that of a covering such as a cloak or other article of clothing. As they approached the Jordan River, with the prophets in training watching, Elijah “took his mantle [cape], rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground” (v. 8). 14:1–3; 1 Th. 4:13–18).

– 1 Kings 18:20-38 retirement. He remained steadfast and never left the prophet’s side. Laslo serves as professor of theology in the On Elijah’s last day on Earth, the prophet told Elisha to remain in Gilgal while he went to Bethel. that God would end his ministry soon.

Was Elisha’s request granted? 7) Elisha cured a poisonous pot of stew. On the surface, this may seem like an audacious request, but it actually was quite normal. But then what happens? Originally published in print, Vol.

felt that he was nearing “retirement”, 

9) Elisha cured Naaman the Syrian of his leprosy. But wait, don’t stop there, as God has more blessings for us than we can even imagine.

07/12/2012 10:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 One of the gifts of having a fixed lectionary cycle is that with each rereading we have the opportunity to explore different facets of a text. The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” (2:12; 13:14). It seems so easy to hold onto a job or position too long. But the cloak is powerful because of the anointing of the prophetic office, not the other way around. determined not by the prophet or Elisha, but by God. 3:14–17). Since Elijah and Elisha, this moving event, the “passing of the As Elijah’s trainee, Elisha was, in a spiritual sense, his son. Just like with the loaves and fishes God does not just give us enough. Elisha had to stay with Elijah every minute or he could miss the moment of Elijah’s departure. Elijah mentored Elisha for almost eight years. Alone in a cave, he bitterly laments the loneliness of his devotion to Yahweh.

The miracles of Elisha demonstrate God’s control over all of nature (2:19–24; 3:17; 6:1–7), war (6:8–23), food (and the cycles of plenty and scarcity; 4:1–7, 38–44; 6:24–7:20), disease (5:1–14) and even birth and death itself (4:8–36).

opened by the Creator; now however, I need to recognize that certain important Our know-how and experience must be functional doors are permanently closing. This print publication delivers tools and methods for Bible study, and insights from respected scholars and church leaders six times a year. to remain a useful working tool. He departed in a moment, miraculously carried into God’s presence by a chariot of fire.

but in a literal sense as well as the young generation take over our tasks. Preaching Points: Passing the Mantle. It seems so easy to hold onto a job or position too long. Studying The Bible simply states, “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen. 5:24). 2:12–13). We read in 2 Kings 13:14; 20 that Elisha died in his own house of an illness and was buried. – 2 Kings 3:9-20 Mike Glenn. other, the elderly ready to relinquish, and the young to assume

2) Elijah’s multiplied the widow’s oil. The Changeover Zone is available at Cokesbury and Amazon. 14:13–22), or as the Jordan River had when the Ark of the Covenant entered the midst of the river, carried by the priests under Joshua’s leadership (Josh. Instead of holding on, we should diligently seek someone younger to mentor.

In 1955, Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, preached a sermon titled “Born to Reproduce,” where he declared, “Men, where is your man?

Among them is his successor, Elisha son of Shaphat. In the blink of an eye, the dead in Christ will rise; and the living will be caught up with them in the air (Jn.

Then Elijah said again, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho” (2 Ki.

is quite unlikely that on the first day of retirement we will be taken up by Elisha raises the Shunammite woman’s son (2 Kgs 4:18–36); Jesus raises several children, Lazarus, and finally, Himself. attractive Certificate of Appreciation was granted me with a plaque of the Are we passing on such faith and such

Thank you so much for reading IMG and for writing to us. . While God appoints him by name, Elijah does the actual calling (1 Kgs 19:16–20). – 2 Kings 6:1-7, So Elisha got what he had asked of God. – 2 Kings 4:42-44 So when the time comes for us to step down, the work won’t suffer loss.

4) Elisha supplied water when Jehoram’s army was suffering from thirst. on retirement speak of the importance of timing with such an event. A number of good friends and colleagues near my age are facing the same Perhaps the water stood in a heap, as the Red Sea had when Moses held up his staff during the Exodus from Egypt (Ex. In the former passage, the ESV translates the word as “cloak” and, in the latter, “robe.” 2:2).

He couldn’t leave to grab a burger and fries, so to speak.

He was teaching the truth of discipleship—the art of mentoring a new believer until he or she is mature in the Lord.
6) Elisha restored to life the son of the woman of Shunem.

Elisha’s call gives us the idiom “take up the mantle,” which means to pass an office from mentor to student (1 Kgs 19:19–21). Laslo Medyesy. However, in looking around at the world’s 2:9). educators we may ask, what kind of mantle do we leave behind?
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