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Introduction - by Michael Phillips
Elisha the Prophet - Part 1 of 17
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1 Kings 19:16
Dec 12, 2004 am - INTRODUCTION This morning, with God's help, we will begin to study the life and times of Elisha. Elisha-please note-is not the man who went to heaven in a fiery chariot. That was Elijah. Our man was Elijah's servant, at first, and later took his place as the leading prophet in Israel. Elijah the Tishbite is one of the Bible's most colorful and riveting characters-but this study is not about him! Elisha was born, about 930 BC in Abel Meholah, a town near the Sea of Galilee, and not far from where our Lord grew up many years later. Judging from the scant details we have in the Bible, it seems he was the son of wealthy farmer and enjoyed a happy life at home. Although he loved and respected his parents, he had a much higher regard for the Lord. When called to serve God in a special way, he kissed his parents goodbye, and never looked back. What kind of man was Elisha? He was a man of humility and patience. He didn't quit his family to be a prophet; he left them to serve a prophet, 2 Kings 3:11 says to pour water on the hands of Elijah. From a worldly standpoint, he took a major step down-from rich farmer to poor servant. But he didn't see it that way. Like the Psalmist, Elisha would ... More >>>

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