When to ask for more

2 Kings Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Ki 2.9–11

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 1–3 on May 11, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Elijah would soon ascend into heaven, and his assistant, Elisha, insisted on being with him all the time until the moment when Elijah left the earth. Then the moment drew near and watch what Elisha did:

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

– 2 Kings 2.9–11

What a sight that must have been, but Elisha did see Elijah depart and for that the Lord gave Elisha a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. For one thing, the Bible records more miracles done by Elisha than by Elijah, and the former continued a great ministry of speaking the word of God to Israel.

Elisha already had training from Elijah, and the Lord would work through Elisha, nevertheless, he desired more in his zeal for the Lord of hosts and for Israel.

Questions:

  • What spiritual quality do you wish for more?
  • Are you prepared for the additional responsibility that comes with greater spiritual qualities?

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