I. Kings 19:19
While Elisha was out in the field ploughing “Elijah passed him and cast his mantle upon him” according to (1.Kings 19:19).
Having been overshadowed with the prophetic mantle, is the sure evidence of being “Called of God. ”
Elisha did not preach as a candidate. The “Call” of God is always accompanied with the needed fitness, note (Isa. 6:8) “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Let us look at Elisha as a type of the faithful servant of Christ.
Elisha Followed Elijah to the end of his life.. “As thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee” (v.2,6).
He followed his master from Bethel-the House of God-to Jordan, the place of Death and Separation.
Personal devotion ought to keep us walking closely with the Master. Ruth stated “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” (Ruth 1.16).
Remember, it was Peter who followed afar off, and we know the consequence, “This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.” (Lk. 22:57).
Elisha Followed Elijah’s footstep, “The waters were divided, and they two went over on dry ground” (v. 8).
As with Elijah, so with Christ, the dark waters of death (Jordan) rolled between him and his ascension into Heaven, but he went through them. We, His followers, now share His victory “I am crucified with Christ : nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Elisha Shared Elijah’s Victory, “The waters were divided, and they two went over on dry ground” (v.8)
As with Elijah, so with Christ, the dark waters of death (Jordan) rolled between him and his ascension into Heaven, but he went through them.
We, His followers, now share His victory, Paul stated in Gal.2:20) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Elisha Seeks Elijah’s Spirit, “Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (v. 9).
He loved to be with his master, now he seeks to be like him.
This is always the outcome of knowing Jesus-the desire to be made conformable, (Phil. 3:10) tell us this “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Every Christian has the common portion of the spirit (Rom. 8: 9).
How few seem to have the double portion, Paul ask the question in (Ac.19:2) “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”
Elisha Witneesed Elijah’s Glory, “Behold there appeared a chariot of fire, and Elijah went up into Heaven, And Elisha saw it” (v.11,12).
Having followed Christ unto death and burial by faith, we become eye-witnesses of His resurrection glory ( II.Pt.1:16,) declares “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
Elisha must follow his master over Jordan to see him taken up. Before Christ lives in us we die with Him according to (Gal. 2: 20).
Elisha received Elijah’s Gifts, “He took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him” (v.13).
The mantle falling from the ascending master seems emblematic of the Holy Spirit’s coming after Jesus was glorified on the day of Pentecost “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Ac.2:24)
To Elisha it was the token of his receiving a double portion of his masters spirit.
Without the Holy Ghost we can never, as we ought. beseech men in Christ’s stead “ Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (II.Cor. 5: 20).
Elisha Overcomes in his Master’s Name, “He took the mantle and smote the waters, and they parted hither and thither” (v.14).
He overcame by the gift from above.
In the name of Jesus and with the anointing of the Holy Ghost, great and mighty things are to be done “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us ,(Eph. 3: 20).
See what Peter accomplished after the mantle of power fell upon him (Ac. 2.14).
Elisha manifests his Master’s Likeness. When the sons of the prophets saw him, “they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha” (v.15).
He did his masters works, and so reflected his masters image.
Does our life and testimony call forth such a confession “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13).