2 KINGS 2

2 Outlines

 

1 Kings 19:16, 19-21, 2 Kings 2:1-14

THE TORCH IS PASSED

 

When responsibility is transferred from one person to another, we often say, "The torch has been passed."  Elijah is told to recruit Elisha as the next prophet. He passed the torch to a man who was different from himself.  Elijah was known as a fiery personality. We might say that Elisha was steady.  Consider:

 

ELISHA'S DESTINY - 1 Kings 19:16, 19 - To be the next prophet in Israel.

ELISHA'S DECISION - 1 Kings 19:20-21 - To accept the call of God.

ELISHA'S DISCIPLESHIP - 1 Kings 19:21 - He began as Elijah's servant.  Elijah would have trained him.

ELISHA'S DETERMINATION - 2 Kings 2:1-7 - To stay with Elijah to the end.

ELISHA'S DESIRE - 2 Kings 2:8-9 - To have a double portion of Elijah's spirit

ELIJAH'S DEMONSTRATION - 2 Kings 2:13-14 - This miracle showed that he was the new prophet in Israel.

 

Note - This could easily be made into two sermons.

 

 

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2 Kings 2:1-14

A GOOD DISCIPLE

 

Elisha was a disciple of the great prophet Elijah.  He was designated as Elijah's successor but first worked as Elijah's servant. 1 Kings 19:15-21

When God was ready to take Elijah to heaven by a whirlwind, Elisha showed the qualities of a good disciple.

 

A DISCIPLE FOLLOWS - Vss. 1-8

Wherever Elijah went Elisha insisted on going too.

We should follow our Lord Jesus this diligently. Luke 9:23, John 12:26

 

A DISCIPLE IS FAITHFUL - Vss. 1-8

Even though Elijah and the Sons of the Prophets both seemed to try to dissuade Elisha from following, he was faithful. He was not going to be dissuaded. 1 Corinthians 4:2, Luke 14:26-27

 

A DISCIPLE HAS FORESIGHT - Vss. 9-12

When Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted, He desired a double portion of his spirit.  Elisha had the foresight to ask for spiritual blessing.  He was actually requesting the power of the Holy Spirit upon his life.  May we have the same foresight to desire the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

Elijah told Elisha that if he saw Elijah go into Heaven, it would mean that his request had been granted. Elisha saw it happen.

 

A DISCIPLE HAS FAITH - Vss. 13-14

Elisha picked up Elijah's mantle and performed the same miracle that Elijah had done earlier.  He had the faith to believe that God's Spirit was upon him.  We must remember as Christ's disciples to live our lives by faith. Hebrews 11:6

 

 

 

 

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