Summary: Elisha takes over from Elijah. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• A man was driving home from work one evening;
• When he suddenly realized that it was his daughter’s birthday;
• And he hadn’t yet bought her a gift.
• So, the man rushed off to ‘Toys R Us’ asked the assistant,
• "How much is that Barbie doll in the window?"
• The assistant replied in a disinterested tone,
• "Which Barbie?
• We have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95,
• Barbie Goes to the Ball for £19.95,
• Barbie Goes Shopping for £19.95,
• Barbie Goes to the Beach for £19.95,
• Barbie-Goes-Night-clubbing for £19.95,
• and the Divorced Barbie for £250"
• The overwhelmed man asked,
• "Why is the Divorced Barbie £250 and all the others are only £19.95?"
• "That’s obvious!" said the assistant.
• "The divorce Barbie comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car, and Ken’s furniture.”
Life is about relationships!
• Sadly some of them don’t work out!
• And at times we get surprised when some of them do!
• The two men in our passage this session;
• Had an interesting relationship.
• These two men represented different generations and opposite personalities;
• Yet they were able to work together.
• There are three things about Elisha that I want to pull out from this passage;
• Three principles, three truths that we can apply to our own lives;
• And three principles that can deepen our relationship with God.
(1). Like Elisha we must be committed to our calling (vs 2/4/6).
• Notice: Three times in this passage a phrase, a saying, an expression appears.
• Verse 2: “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”
• Verse 4: “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”
• Verse 6: “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”
• Three times Elijah tried to send Elisha away but he refused to go!
• ill: disobedient dog who repeatedly told to stay insists on following the child to school.
• Notice: in verse 2 the prophets of Bethel came out to him;
• These are real encouraging diplomats – look at what they say:
• “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?”
• In other words: “Elijah is about to die and you will be on your own!”
• I love Elisha’s response:
• “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”
• In other words: “Shut up!”
• “If you haven’t got anything better to say then don’t say it!”
Elisha refused to be distracted or discouraged by anyone;
• And that anyone even included Elijah himself!
• Who told him to ‘stay put’ three times.
• God had called Elisha to a mission, to be a prophet;
• And Elisha planned on fulfilling that calling!
• I believe that Elijah is testing Elisha in this chapter.
• You may remember from an earlier study in 1 Kings chapter 19 verse 20:
• Elijah had made a promise, a commitment;
• He said to Elijah; “I will follow you”.
• Maybe now in this passage Elijah is seeing if Elisha really meant it;
• You made a promise at the start of our relationship;
• Now through death it will soon be time to end our relationship;
• Did you really mean that promise!
• A young man walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend.