It was up to Jacob to decide whether he would live down to his name or up to the vision and promise.
From the very start Elisha had committed to following and serving God, and Elijah.
Our challenge as disciples of Christ is to develop habits that result in holy defaults.
So many people live their entire lives in Gilgal, they find salvation and deliverance, but never move on to deeper things in God.
They were comfortable hanging out in Gilgal while Elijah confronted kings.
“And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him” (1 Kings 19:21, ESV). On occasion we set our minds to... Continue Reading →
There was a restlessness in the crowd. In-between the awkward taunts and jeers the only sounds that could be heard were the labored attempts of the three men to draw a breath. The weight of their bodies pulling them down forced the air from their lungs as they hung by their arms. They were, in... Continue Reading →
“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, ‘Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.’ And he said to him, ‘Go back again, for what have I done to you’” (1 Kings 19:20, ESV)? Elijah lived a fairly solitary life. Elisha had a home and family.... Continue Reading →
That he didn’t understand what had happened to him immediately is clear because he had to run to catch up with Elijah. That he did understand, finally, is clear because he ran to catch up with Elijah.