This Month's Promise

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it.”

- (Deuteronomy 1:21)


Read: II Kings 2: 1-10


ELIJAH AND ELISHA


“You did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave but... the spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)


Elisha was called of God and ordained by Elijah. One day Elijah informs Elisha that he is going to leave the earth. He says that he will not die a natural death but will be carried up miraculously. Then he goes to see the schools of the prophets which he established in Gilgal, Bethel and Jericho. Elisha is determined that he will not leave his master even for a moment. He follows Elijah wherever he goes. Both of them cross the Jordan in full view of the students of the schools. The waters of Jordan miraculously divides and the two prophets, Elijah and Elisha, go on toward the desert together. Let us look at the scene in heaven now. A large company of angels are summoned to go and bring the faithful prophet to his final home. These angels are called as “chariots of God” in the Scripture. The word “CHERUB” means chariot. As Elijah and Elisha journey, the angelic host appears and sweeping down before them, carries up Elijah as in a chariot of fire. Can we imagine the glory of the their journey through the skies as planets and stars, onward and upward they go until they come in sight of the golden gates which are thrown wide open and all the heaven shouts at the entrance of that faithful prophet? And when Elisha sees Elijah carried up, he cries out, “My fahter! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” (II Kings 2:12) because Elijah was his spiritual father and it was he who led him to leave his oxen and fields and devote himself wholly to God.


Dear friends, an individual full of Holy Spirit is more powerful than hundred organisations. Elijah founded institutions of learning. He had many studetns but none of them called him ‘father’ except Elisha. Only Elisha clung close to his master. He wanted to inherit the double portion of his spirit. We may have intelligence, financial strength and a good status in the society but that will not give us the spiritual sonship. We need to follow the Lord closely. We need to live with Him, only then can we call Him boldly, ABBA! FATHER!




PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Elisha clung closely to Elijah and received the double portion of his spirit. Let me also have an intimate relationship with you, and be filled with the Holy Spirit always. Grant me the privilege to come to your presence and call you Abba, Father. Amen.