“All good things must come to an end” goes the popular phrase. But when it comes to the the Kingdom of God, all good things do not have to come to an end.
We see this best illustrated in 2 Kings 2. Everyone in the prophetic community knew that the Lord was about to take up Elijah. They knew in their hearts that the “good things” they had experienced via Elijah, one of Israel’s greatest prophets must come to an end.
All of them except one man. That man was Elisha.
Even as Elijah makes his journey from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to Jordan, three times, Elijah tells Elisha to stay back but all three times Elisha declares: As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you (2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6, NIV).
Elisha knew that the anointing of God was with Elijah and he was not willing to let go.
He refused to believe that it must come to an end.
He was going to keep pursuing the anointing of God.
He was willing to travel from place to place for the sake of the anointing.
He silenced the voices of other prophets who were trying to remind him and bring him back to reality that Elijah was going to be taken away. Twice he spoke to two different sets of prohets: be quiet.
He did not allow the voices of “matter of fact” to take away his pursuit of the anointing.
Apparently there were a whole lot of other prophets who also had been schooled by Elijah. But Elisha was the only one determined to pursue the anointing.
Eventually, Elijah asks Elisha what is it exactly he wants. And there isn’t a moment of hesitation. Elisha knows exactly what he wants and says: Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit (2 Kings 2:9, NIV).
He didn’t ask for merely just the single anointing that was on Elijah but a double portion. He was willing to believe not only do good things do not come to an end but that they can get better and better over time.
This is consistent with what we read elsewhere in the scriptures as well. For example in 2 Corinthians 3:18, we see: We…are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Only in the Kingdom of God, do we find that the latter will be greater than the former (also read Haggai 2:9).
And Jesus Himself declares in John 14:12 as follows:
So, could we today 1000s of years later after Elisha also approach God with the same mindset of Elisha asking Him to bless us with a greater anointing so that we may do even greater things for the advancement of the kingdom of God?
And this is possible because Jesus has now gone to the Father and has sent us His helper the Holy Spirit.
And this week join me in the Bible Learning journey as we read through the chapters that chronicle all the works of the prophet Elisha as well as other kings who reigned during that time period. Here is the plan to do that…
Elisha picks up the prophetic mantle after Elijah and is used mightily by God to reveal God’s love and power to the Israelites and the non-Israelites while the kings of both Israel and Judah continue to lead disappointing lives before God.
Weekly Reading Plan
And here is the weekly plan to help plan your reading for the week
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- Use the above schedule to read through all of the text.
- Read Luke 4: 24-27 to see Jesus’ statement on Naaman being healed of leprosy. What caused Naaman’s healing while plenty of other lepers were not healed?
- Read Philippians 3:12-14. How can you and I press on to obtain more from God exhibiting Elisha’s determination to obtain Elijah’s mantle?
- Optional: Read Psalms 51-53
And that is it for week 20!
Happy Bible Learning!