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September 3, 2013

Essay on Elijah and Elisha

Elijah and Elisha
Elijah was one of the major prophets in the Abrahamic religions. Prophet of Israel from the ninth century BC, the ministry took place in the kingdom of Israel after Solomon's death. It is the herald of YHWH, the God of Israel, facing the god of the Canaanites, Baal, the Queen Jezebel of Israel had become a strong missionary. It performed many miracles before flying to heaven in a whirlwind. It was also, according to the biblical prophets, the herald of the Messiah at the end of time.  The way God had provided manna for Israel in the wilderness, He also provided for Elijah’s needs.  His ministry was characterized by the judgments he made and his confrontation with the Baal. For example, Elijah showed that through his prayers to the God of Israel, Yahweh was stronger than Baal. The lessons gleaned from his ministry are still palpable and relevant. In my opinion, the judgment of a pious and virtuous man is always error-free.
            Elisha's ministry served to characterize Christ before the Cross. Elisha was a notable type of Christ. He did not descend in the character of Elijah, but was characterized by carrying a double portion of Elijah's spirit.
Elisha was the minister of grace. Israel frequently suffered very much from the intrusions of the Syrians who had come to be recognized as natural enemies. The children of Israel were as continually seeking to relieve themselves from the maltreatment of the enemy by their own inventiveness. But they continually found that there was no benefit derived from the goodness of God, but through the word of Elisha. So deliverance was always achieved through having recourse to the prophet's agency. They were quite ready to avail themselves of the deliverance, but they soon forgot the channel by which it came. That illustrates the principle of the advent of the gospel message.  The lesson that we learn from is grace is a beneficial trait and we all should try to incorporate in our personalities as much as we can.

Dothie WP (2010) “The History of Prophet Elisha” Read Books Design


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