Summary: A sermon that follows Elisha from Gilgal to the Jordan and looks at a comparison between that and the Christian journey.
The theme that we have been following this year is God is doing a new thing.
In the bible reading this morning we witness God doing a new thing in Israel as one Prophet – Elijah exits stage right and a new Prophey Elisha enters the scene.
As Elisha picks up the mantle left for him by Elijah There is much for us to learn about making sure that we are well positioned for the new thing that God is about to do. he life of Elisha is incredible and if we were to look at the miracles of Elisha recorded in the bible we would be astounded.
These days when the newsreaders are introducing television programs they often introduce them with a question that is meant to tempt you into watching their news program
So we here something like What is our Prime minister John Key doing at Waitangi and who confronted him and Who surprised Lydia Ko at the New Zealand Golf open
Well if we were making headlines in this style of Elisha’s miracles they might read like this:-
Jordan river divided. (2:14)
What stopped the Jordon river today and who crossed dry?
Waters at the spring of Jericho healed. (2:21)
Why are people now drinking the waters of Jericho
Bears from the woods, destroying the mockers. (2:24)
What are wild bears doing wrecking havoc in the woods and who is the Bald man?
Water for kings. (3:20)
Why are the Kings drinking fresh water and who bought it to them?
Oil for widow. (4:1-4)
Why is a widow selling oil and where did she get it from?
Gift of son. (4:16, 17)
Who has give birth to a son and what is his name.
Raising the child from dead. (4:35)
Why has the funeral of a young shunnamite boy been cancelled and who stopped it?
Healing of the pootage (4:41)
Why are the Prophets eating Pottage and who tried to poison them?
Bread multiplied. (4:43)
How come one hundred men are not starving after only having twenty loaves of Barley bread?
10 Naaman healed. (5:10)
What is Naaman the commander of the Aram army doing dipping hmself in the Jordan for and where has his leprosy gone?
11 Gehazi smitten. (5:27)
How come Gehazzi has leprosy and where did it come from?
12 Caused the iron to swim. (6:6)
What is an axe doing floating?
13 Sight to the blind. (6:17)
How come Elisha’s servant got so clever and who made him see?
14 Smiting blindness to these men. (6:18)
What is a blind army doing wandering around our nation?
15 Restoring sight to these men. (6:20)
Who restored the Aramean armies blindness and why didn’t we kill them?
16 Miracle after his death, man comes to life by touching Elisha's bones. (13:21)
What is a dead man doing walking out of Elisha’s tomb?
Elisha has an incredible life these 16 recorded miracles are exactly double the number of Elijah’s miracles recorded in 1st and 2nd Kings which is amazing when you read:-
9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
In the last century in New Zealand Christianity has apparently diminished