Life of Elisha

II Kings 2-4

In 2 Kings 2, we have story of the translation of Elijah which also begins the ministry of Elisha. Both of these prophets had to minister in times of terrible national decay, and we can see, in moving from the ministry of Elijah to that of Elisha, a transition that took place in the history of Israel.

The Two Prophets Compared

Their Miracles Compared

Their Ministries Compared

Both men cast great shadows upon their land.

How we respond to the situations of life, whether pleasant or painful, tells a lot about us. Our responses will reveal something about our beliefs, values, priorities, and our spiritual condition. The translation of Elijah was a test designed to reveal the character and qualification of Elisha to be the successor to Elijah.

I. Elisha's Response to Elijah's Translation (2 Kings 2:12-15)

II. The Actions of Elisha (vss. 13-14)

Isn't it interesting that immediately there was an obstacle in Elisha's path? God had led him, by Elijah, to that place. Jesus was led into the wilderness of temptation by the Holy Spirit. God often places us in circumstances and situations to prove our faith and our willingness to obey Him.

IV. The Waters of Jericho Purified (2 Kings 2:19-22)

We have previously considered verses 16-18 when the sons of the prophets went looking for Elijah. Tonight we want to consider the next passage. This passage illustrates spiritual truth found elsewhere in the Scriptures. The key to understanding its application for us today is to recognize the symbolism. There are three symbols for our consideration

God can use us, if we are usable, to have a lasting influence on the sin-cursed world around us. We can make a difference in the lives of others. We must be willing to be vessels in the service of our Lord.

This next passage is often a favorite of those who are balding. More than once I have heard it used to warn others of making fun of someone who has no hair. But really, is that what God is telling us by including this account? Tonight we want to take a closer look at this event in the life of Elisha.

V. Elisha and the Two Bears. (2 Kings 2:23-25)

The Rebellion of the Moabites (2 Kings 3:1-12)

Many today have a knowledge of God; they believe that He exists; they may even believe in His Son, but they just do not take Him at His word. During the week, by their own viewpoint, priorities and language, they act as though God were not even involved.

On Sunday they do their little 'nod to God,' but for the rest of the week it is business as usual. In 2 Kings 3 we see varying degrees of this in the personalities seen in this story.

I. The Portrait of Jehoram (3:1-3)

II. The Plans of Jehoram (3:4-7)

III. The Predicament in the Wilderness v8-12

Elisha was known not for his dynamic or scintillating personality nor for his oratorical skill Rather he was known for two simple but profoundly important characteristics that marked him off as a man of God. He was known as a servant, as one who poured water on the hands of Elijah And as one who was faithful to proclaim the Word of the Lord

Elisha & the Three Kings (2 Kings 3:13-15)

We pick up our story in 2 Kings 3 with the three kings in a real predicament. They are in the wilderness and about to perish because of a lack of water. But remember, this was the result of not taking God seriously and consulting Him concerning their plans. So ultimately, the greater enemy was not the Moabites, but their own failure to seek God's direction.

I. The Word From the Lord (3:13-15)

II. Preparation to Minister The Word (vs. 15)

III. Elisha Proclaims God's Message (3:16-19)

God's Supply in the Midst of Poverty (2 Kings 4:1-7)

In verse one we are simply told "a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha" for help. Then, in her statement to the prophet, "Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord," we learn a few more details about this widow, exactly who this woman was is simply not disclosed. There are a number of principles to glean from these verses:

I. The Widow Cries Out for Help (vs. 1)

II. Elisha Responds to the Widow's Need (2-4)

III. The Widow's Obedience and God's supply (v5-7)

Elisha was a man who had a heart for serving others whether wealthy or poor. He did not minister to people based on how they might promote him or provide for him.

He was only concerned that people might know and experience God's grace and power in their lives. Like the poor widow, we all have certain needs--spiritual, emotional, and physical, but God knows those needs completely and He cares about them personally. Our most fundamental need is to come to him in faith, trusting Him to meet our need.