Summary: It can be difficult to represent God to others, but if we have a heart to serve and the empowerment of the Spirit, we can faithfully serve God.
Elisha Goes Solo
1. Some people with important jobs end up doing a lot of things that are quite trite.
2. Take police officers, some real calls via Reader’s Digest:
From the police blotter, ?or, what a beat cop deals with ?every day:
• A deputy responded to a report ?of a vehicle stopping at mailboxes. ?It was the mail carrier.
• A woman said her son was ?attacked by a cat, and the cat would not allow her to take her son to the hospital.
• A resident said someone had ?entered his home at night and taken five pounds of bacon. Upon further investigation, police discovered ?his wife had gotten up for a late-night snack.
• A man reported that a squirrel ?was running in circles on Davis Drive, and he wasn’t sure if it was sick or had been hit by a car. An ?officer responded, and as he drove on the street, he ran over the squirrel.
4. But these same officers have saved lives, prevented crimes, or captured criminals.
5. Elisha had an extremely important job: speaking for God as His prophet.
6. But he had to do experience both trite and grand experiences to get there.
Main Idea: It can be difficult to represent God to others, but if we have a heart to serve and the empowerment of the Spirit, we can faithfully serve God.
I. A Brisk Look The Transition from SERVANT to Solo (1-25)
““One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much...” Luke 16:10a
“He who would lead must first learn to follow” (common axiom)
A. Elisha’s TRAVELS (1-8)
1. From Gligal to Bethel
2. Elijah says, “Stay behind, Elisha”…won’t
3. Sons of the prophets: Elijah will be taken away today; quiet
4. From Bethel to Jericho
5. Elijah says, “Stay behind, Elisha”…won’t
6. Sons of the prophets: Elijah will be taken away today; quiet
7. From Jericho to the Jordan
8. Elijah says, “Stay behind, Elisha”…won’t
9. Sons of the prophets: 50 stand watching
10. Elijah takes cloak, touches to Jordan river, water heaps up…then closes
B. Elisha given an opportunity to make a REQUEST from Elijah (9-14).
1. Elisha asks for and receives a double portion of the Spirit’s power.
2. Elijah taken to heaven in a chariot of fire
3. I will read this section later and discuss further
C. Elisha gains RESPECT (15-25).
1. Concession: Elisha shamed into sending out a search party (15-18)
2. Unlike loner Elijah, Elisha is a team player and works well with others
3. Same concept as John the Baptist and Jesus
4. The church of Jesus Christ is a social spiritual family (depersonalized)
5. Elisha works a helpful miracle: purifying Jericho’s water (19-22)
6. Elisha responds to mocking youth but lets God deal with them (23-25)
• A minister taught the children's Sunday school class about the Old Testament story of the youth who mocked Elisha on his journey to Bethel. For once, he had everyone's attention, as he described how the youngsters taunted the poor old prophet and how they were punished: Two she-bears came out of the wild and ate 42 of them." And now, children," said the pastor, wondering whether he had gotten his point across, “what does this story show us?”