The devotion of a new prophet

1 Kings Bible Background

05.09.2015 Old Testament: 1Ki 19.19–21

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 19–20 on May 9, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Elijah was a powerful prophet of God, and all of Israel knew it, including a man named Elisha, who would be the next prophet of Israel,

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please 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?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant (1 Kings 19.19–21). 

Elijah asked Elisha, “What have I done to you?” because Elisha had said that he would follow Elijah, but truly Elisha would need to follow the Lord, and as you follow his ministry, it becomes obvious that he followed the Lord, and not so much Elijah.

You may know some great people, perhaps some of them are preachers, but only follow them as they follow the Lord.

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