REAL MEN ARE STEADY
REAL MEN #6 – ELISHA
This is a complete lesson.
Some things stick with you. Over 20 years ago I was telling Bob Smith, a man paralyzed from his waist down, that I was going to do a series on Elisha the Prophet. Bob’s reply was right on when he said “He was steady!”
~ What does it mean to be “steady”?
~ Who is the steadiest Christian you know?
~ What Scriptures do you know that tell us we should be steady as Christians?
Throughout his life Elisha proved himself to be a steady prophet, or a steady man of God. A real man of God will follow Elisha’s example. Here are some ways that Elisha showed himself to be steady.
STEADY TRAINING – 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
Ø God chose Elisha to be Elijah’s successor. Vss. 15-16
Ø After Elijah called Elisha, what did Elisha do?
Ø How did Elisha learn to be a prophet?
Ø What responsibility does the local church have in training future leaders? How should we go about training future leaders? Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:1-2,
Ø Do we ever push people into leadership when they are not ready? Why?
STEADY TRANSITION – 2 Kings 2
V Everyone knew that Elijah would be leaving. Vss. 1-8
V What did Elisha know about the future that would be a concern to Him?
V Why did Elisha refuse to leave Elijah alone? Vs. 9
V Was Elisha’s request selfish? Vs. 9
V Why was Elisha’s request a hard thing? Vs. 10
V What are some “hard things” that men of God should be requesting of God?
V Why do you think Elisha tore his garments when Elijah was taken to Heaven? Vss. 11-12
V What was the significance of the parting of the waters by Elisha? Vss. 13-15
V How do we know when someone is ready teach, preach or lead?
STEADY TESTIMONY – 2 Kings 4
& Why is a man’s testimony important?
& Read verses 1-7.
& How did this instance affect Elisha’s testimony?
& What lessons are here for those who will be leaders?
& Read verses 8-10.
& What was Elisha’s testimony to this woman that
prompted her to do what she did?
& How should we treat Godly leaders today?
1 Timothy 5:17-18
& The lady had no child but Elisha promised her a son and
a son was born. Vss. 11-17
& The son became sick and died. It was his response of
concern and prayer that saved the child. Vss. 32-37
& Why is it important that men of God be compassionate?
& Why is it important that men of God be men of prayer?
STEADY TRANSMISSION – 2 Kings 5
ü Naaman was a mighty Syrian general who had leprosy. Vs. 1
ü His wife’s maid, an Israelite, told her about Elisha.
When the Syrian
king was approached, he sent Naaman to the king of
ü Elisha was not afraid to speak up, to speak for the Lord and to take on the hard jobs. Vs. 8
ü Why is it that men sometimes shrink away from certain jobs for the Lord?
ü How do we know when it’s time to attempt something for the Lord that seems difficult at best, and impossible at the worst?
ü How was Elisha’s procedure and proclamation bold and risky? Vss. 10-12
ü How was Elisha vindicated? Vss. 13-19
ü In what ways does God vindicate His servants today?
STEADY TRUST – 2 Kings 6:8-23
P With God’s help, Elisha was warning the King of Israel about the ambushes of the Syrians. Vss. 8-10
P The King of Syria sent to capture Elisha, when he discovered what Elisha was doing. Vss. 11-14
P Why did Elisha’s servant panic? Vss. 15
P Why did Elisha fail to panic? Vss. 16-17
P What does Elisha teach us about trust?
P What verses do you know that remind us to trust God in the midst of troubles?
STEADY TERMINATION – 2 Kings -21
6 When should a leader retire?
6 When did Elisha retire? Vss. 13-21
6 What does Elisha teach us about faithfulness?
6 Elijah and Elisha both finished well.
6 What does The Apostle Paul teach us in Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
6 What does he teach us in 2 Timothy 4:7-8?
2 Timothy 4:7-8 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.