Double Portion – #34
We’re nearing the end of Elisha’s life. Several kings have changed and still God was in control. Now it is time for Elisha to go to be with the Lord. Read 2 Kings 13:14-19.
When Elisha became sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash the king of Israel came down to him and wept over him and said, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” And he put his hand on it, then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands. He said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them. ” Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” and he struck it three times and stopped. So the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times.”
2 Kings 13:14-19 NASB
God is still working through Elisha, even in his final days. The king has come to see him and he gives him one last command. But he starts off by saying to Elisha the same thing that Elisha said to Elijah. God has continued to move and he has fulfilled his promise to give Elisha a double portion Elijah’s life.
God fulfills his promises, at the beginning of our lives and at the end. Are we as consistent in our obedience to God as he is toward us?