Probably one of the most helpful things learned from Elisha’s life is the authority of his and Elijah’s miracles and how they prepare the way for Messiah.
The Jews were very aware that the Messiah was due to arrive. In fact, there were over a dozen people claiming to be the Messiah at the time Jesus appeared in Jerusalem! When Jesus was questioned He was often asked if He or John the Baptist were Elijah, or the prophet, or the Messiah.
Elijah and Elisha had specific roles to fulfill among the Kings of Israel, those who ruled during the years of their lives and public ministries. But even more stunning is the way Elijah and Elisha give us a clear picture of what kinds of things would surround the Messiah! He would do things that had never been heard of or seen since the foundation of the world.
As Jesus performed miracles and even raised the dead, the Jews should have had no doubt Who was standing among them. The miracles of Elijah and Elisha are personal and shocking, and they would only be eclipsed when Jesus arrived on the world stage hundreds of years later.
Check these out – and see how they prepare the way for Christ/WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN HIM COMING!
ELIJAH (1 Kings 17 – 2 Kings 8)Shut the rains from heaven Jesus/faith rain from the FatherFlour and oil for a widow Jesus/kind provider for the desperateRaising a widow’s son from the dead Jesus/death conquerorDefeating the prophets of Baal Jesus/One True GodEnding the draught Jesus/Living water from heavenFire and lightning Jesus/Judge over the earthParting the waters of the Jordan waters Jesus/Water walker
ELISHA (2 Kings 2:14-13:14-19)Parting the waters of the JordanPurifying Lord of the waters Jesus/the Living waterLord over nature (bears) Jesus/reversing natureLord of the flood Jesus/power against powerfulLord of the womb Jesus/Author over lifeLord over death Jesus/King over deathAntidote to to the poison of sin Jesus/healer of the poisonedFeeding of many Jesus/feeding the multitudesLord over leprosy Jesus/healer of lepers (sin)Floating the iron axehead Jesus/reversing the weight of sinLord over blindness and sight Jesus/restorer of sightProphet over the future Jesus/prophet-priest-King
Is God a miracle worker and how does this make your faith unique?ElijahA prophet song
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