Applications from 1 Kings
If you read the last post, Rest is over, go, please skip ahead to the application.
In the reading tonight we come in as God tells Elijah to, “Go..”
He is putting him back to work, his rest is over. Anoint Hazael King of Syria. Anoint Jael King of Israel. Anoint Elisha prophet.
Next God tells Elijah that he is not alone, there is a remnant of 7000
who have not bowed to Baal. Elijah goes and finds Elisha and throws his mantle on him. Elisha settles his affairs and begins to follow Elijah.
In verse 16 God tells Elijah that Elisha will become prophet in his place. He sends him to go and anoint him. Elijah finds him in verse 19 and casts his mantle upon him. This is a symbolic way of transferring the prophetic power from one man to the next.
Notice Elijah’s actions. He simply goes to Elisha as God told him to do. He doesn’t argue with God that there didn’t need to be a different prophet. He doesn’t explain to God how he can still handle this.
When he finds him he immediately gives him the mantle. He doesn’t interview Elisha to make sure he will be a good fit. He doesn’t ask around about Elisha. He doesn’t even plan a retirement ceremony with the “traditional passing of the mantle ritual”! Elijah realized his time was coming to a close…he realized “it won’t always be you.”
Notice Elisha’s actions. He was working. Elisha wasn’t sitting around trying to decipher God’s will. Elisha was busy doing what he knew to do. He set things in order and went.
It won’t always be you. Be ready to pass off the duty God has trusted you with to the next person. When their time comes, let them have it (i.e. cast his mantle upon him). If you are the “Elisha” in this situation, be ready and willing.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.