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1 Elijah and Elisha Prophets to emulate

2 Elijah: The person The name Elijah ( אֱלִיָּהוּ ) means: “The Lord is my God”

3 Elijah: The person The name Elijah ( אֱלִיָּהוּ ) means: “The Lord is my God” First appearance is 1 Kings 17:1

4 Elijah: The person The name Elijah ( אֱלִיָּהוּ ) means: “The Lord is my God” First appearance is 1 Kings 17:1 A Tishbite from Tishbe in Gilead

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6 Elijah: The person The name Elijah ( אֱלִיָּהוּ ) means: “The Lord is my God” First appearance is 1 Kings 17:1 A Tishbite from Tishbe in Gilead Tishbe means “Captivity”

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8 Elijah: The Person One of the most prevalent people in all of scripture

9 Elijah: The Person One of the most prevalent people in all of scripture He is referred to over 20 times in the New Testament

10 Elijah: The Person One of the most prevalent people in all of scripture He is referred to over 20 times in the New Testament He lived at a pivotal time in history

11 Elijah: The Person How did he look? He wore a garment of black camel’s hair girded with a leather belt about his waist to hold in his garment for freer movement (2 Kings 1:7-8)

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13 Elijah: The Person Why does it matter how he looked? 3 Reasons:

14 Elijah: The Person Why does it matter how he looked? 3 Reasons: (a) His chosen poverty and priorities- -material things were not on his priority list.

15 Elijah: The Person Why does it matter how he looked? 3 Reasons: (a) His chosen poverty and priorities--material things were not on his priority list. (b) His separation and denouncement of the world--he was not controlled by the lifestyle of the world. He was separated to the Lord as God’s servant.

16 Elijah: The Person Why does it matter how he looked? 3 Reasons: (a) His chosen poverty and priorities--material things were not on his priority list. (b) His separation and denouncement of the world--he was not controlled by the lifestyle of the world. He was separated to the Lord as God’s servant. (c) His official office and purpose in life--he was a proclaimer of the Word of Yahweh. He knew who he was (God’s representative), where he was (in a sinful world that stood opposed to the purposes of God) and why he was there (to give out God’s message of light to people in darkness).

17 How do we match up so far?

18 Elijah’s Purpose Number 1 : He sheds light on the greatness of the God of the Bible: His purposes, and His love and care for His people in a world in desperate need of the saving message of Jesus Christ.

19 Elijah’s Purpose Number 1 : He sheds light on the greatness of the God of the Bible: His purposes, and His love and care for His people in a world in desperate need of the saving message of Jesus Christ. Number 2 : The story of Elijah also reflects the need of God’s people to walk with Him by faith through the privilege of prayer and the knowledge of His Word.

20 Elijah’s Setting

21 A transition of kings, both good and bad

22 Elijah’s Setting A transition of kings, both good and bad A divided kingdom

23 Elijah’s Setting A transition of kings, both good and bad A divided kingdom Prevalence of Baal worship ( בַּעַל ): Baal literally meaning, “lord, master, owner”

24 Elijah’s Setting A transition of kings, both good and bad A divided kingdom Prevalence of Baal worship ( בַּעַל ): Baal literally meaning, “lord, master, owner” The rise of Baal worship: stemming from insecurities, lack of faith, and laziness A decline in morality and spirituality

25 Elijah’s Setting A transition of kings, both good and bad A divided kingdom Prevalence of Baal worship ( בַּעַל ): Baal literally meaning, “lord, master, owner” The rise of Baal worship: stemming from insecurities, lack of faith, and laziness A desperate desire for belonging

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27 Elijah’s name Elijah’s name is important

28 Elijah’s name Elijah’s name is important “The Lord is my God.”

29 Elijah’s name Elijah’s name is important “The Lord is my God.” Proclamation of who he worshipped

30 Elijah’s name Elijah’s name is important “The Lord is my God.” Proclamation of who he worshipped Standing up for his beliefs in the face of Baalism

31 Elijah’s name Elijah’s name is important “The Lord is my God.” Proclamation of who he worshipped Standing up for his beliefs in the face of Baalism Making a statement to Ahab beginning his prophecy

32 Elijah’s first prophecy

33 1 Kings 17:1 To Ahab-“There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

34 Elijah’s first prophecy 1 Kings 17:1 To Ahab-“There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” The story of the ravens

35 Elijah’s first prophecy 1 Kings 17:1 To Ahab-“There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” The story of the ravens Elijah is told to go to Kerith Ravine, east of Jordan

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37 Elijah’s first prophecy 1 Kings 17:1 To Ahab-“There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” The story of the ravens Elijah is told to go to Kerith Ravine, east of Jordan Ravens would bring him food: Bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening.”

38 The Widow at Zarephath A widow and her family with no money

39 The Widow at Zarephath A widow and her family with no money “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.”

40 The Widow at Zarephath A widow and her family with no money “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.” “I am making us a meal so that we may eat and then die.”

41 The Widow at Zarephath A widow and her family with no money “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.” “I am making us a meal so that we may eat and then die.” Elijah asks her to make him a cake instead

42 The Widow at Zarephath A widow and her family with no money “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug.” “I am making us a meal so that we may eat and then die.” Elijah asks her to make him a cake instead For her selflessness and obedience Elijah says that the jar of flour and jug of oil will not run dry until the drought is over

43 Elijah and Obadiah In the third year of the drought, Ahab was getting frustrated and impatient

44 Elijah and Obadiah In the third year of the drought, Ahab was getting frustrated and impatient At the time, Jezebel had been killing off any prophet who served the Lord

45 Elijah and Obadiah In the third year of the drought, Ahab was getting frustrated and impatient At the time, Jezebel had been killing off any prophet who served the Lord Ahab sent Obadiah out to search the land for water or some source of liquid, now Obadiah had been living among the sinners, and had hidden 100 prophets from Jezebel

46 Elijah and Obadiah In the third year of the drought, Ahab was getting frustrated and impatient At the time, Jezebel had been killing off any prophet who served the Lord Ahab sent Obadiah out to search the land for water or some source of liquid Elijah and Obadiah meet, Elijah tells Obadiah to go back to Ahab and announce “Elijah is here!”

47 Elijah and Obadiah In the third year of the drought, Ahab was getting frustrated and impatient At the time, Jezebel had been killing off any prophet who served the Lord Ahab sent Obadiah out to search the land for water or some source of liquid Elijah and Obadiah meet, Elijah tells Obadiah to go back to Ahab and announce “Elijah is here!” Obadiah is nervous because anyone who is/helps a prophet of the Lord, Jezebel would kill

48 Elijah and Obadiah Elijah was fearless and confident in the Lord, so he went to present himself to Ahab o Fearless obedience o Immediate obedience

49 Elijah at Mt. Carmel

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52 Elijah tells Ahab to summon 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah who “eat at Jezebel’s table.” 1 Kings 18:20

53 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Elijah tells Ahab to summon 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah who “eat at Jezebel’s table.” 1 Kings 18:20 Elijah challenges the prophets and says, “I am the only prophet of the Lord left.” The power of one man/person.

54 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Elijah tells Ahab to summon 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah who “eat at Jezebel’s table.” 1 Kings 18:20 Elijah challenges the prophets and says, “I am the only prophet of the Lord left.” Elijah comes up with a way to show who is the true God…

55 Elijah at Mt. Carmel

56 2 bulls were to be cut up, and put on the altar, but NOT set on fire

57 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 2 bulls were to be cut up, and put on the altar, but NOT set on fire Each group would call out to their god, and whomever’s god sent fire to burn up the sacrifice, was God.

58 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 2 bulls were to be cut up, and put on the altar, but NOT set on fire Each group would call out to their god, and whomever’s god sent fire to burn up the sacrifice, was God. Baal worshippers tried to call to Baal…nothing happened. They danced around the altar…nothing happened

59 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 2 bulls were to be cut up, and put on the altar, but NOT set on fire Each group would call out to their god, and whomever’s god sent fire to burn up the sacrifice, was God. Baal worshippers tried to call to Baal…nothing happened. They danced around the altar…nothing happened They began to slash their arms, as their custom, so blood flowed onto the altar…nothing happened

60 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Now it was Elijah’s turn:

61 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Now it was Elijah’s turn: Elijah took 12 stones to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel, and built an altar

62 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Now it was Elijah’s turn: Elijah took 12 stones to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel, and built an altar He then dug a trench around it that could hold 2 seahs of seed (15 liters)

63 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Now it was Elijah’s turn: Elijah took 12 stones to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel, and built an altar He then dug a trench around it that could hold 2 seahs of seed (15 liters) Then he cut up the bull and put it on the altar and instructed the people to pour jugs of water onto the altar 3 times

64 Elijah at Mt. Carmel Now it was Elijah’s turn: Elijah took 12 stones to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel, and built an altar He then dug a trench around it that could hold 2 seahs of seed (15 liters) Then he cut up the bull and put it on the altar and instructed the people to pour jugs of water onto the altar 3 times After this was done, Elijah cries out to the Lord, and God sends fire from heaven and it burns up the sacrifice, altar, stones, wood, and water.

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66 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 1 Kings 18:39 “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” One becomes the majority

67 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 1 Kings 18:39 “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” After this Elijah sent Ahab off to eat and drink, but as he left, a cloud came over the sea, and a great rain began

68 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 1 Kings 18:39 “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” After this Elijah sent Ahab off to eat and drink, but as he left, a cloud came over the sea, and a great rain began Elijah sent word to have Ahab take his chariots and return to Jezreel

69 Elijah at Mt. Carmel 1 Kings 18:39 “When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” After this Elijah sent Ahab off to eat and drink, but as he left, a cloud came over the sea, and a great rain began Elijah sent word to have Ahab take his chariots and return to Jezreel Elijah was filled with the Spirit, tucked his robe into his belt, and ran all the way back to Jezreel ahead of Ahab

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72 The Aftermath 1 Kings 19

73 The Aftermath After the rain and all that had happened, Ahab told Jezebel what Elijah had done

74 The Aftermath After the rain and all that had happened, Ahab told Jezebel what Elijah had done Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah

75 The Aftermath After the rain and all that had happened, Ahab told Jezebel what Elijah had done Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah Elijah flees to Beersheba and then to Horeb to hide

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77 The Aftermath After the rain and all that had happened, Ahab told Jezebel what Elijah had done Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah Elijah flees to Beersheba and then to Horeb to hide While Elijah was hiding, the word of the Lord came to him, telling him to go out on the mountain so the Lord could pass by him

78 The Presence of the Lord First a powerful wind came through, it wasn’t the Lord

79 The Presence of the Lord First a powerful wind came through, it wasn’t the Lord Then an earthquake came through, it wasn’t the Lord

80 The Presence of the Lord First a powerful wind came through, it wasn’t the Lord Then an earthquake came through, it wasn’t the Lord Then a fire came through, it wasn’t the Lord

81 The Presence of the Lord First a powerful wind came through, it wasn’t the Lord Then an earthquake came through, it wasn’t the Lord Then a fire came through, it wasn’t the Lord Finally a gentle whisper came through, and Elijah covered himself with a cloak and went out to the Lord

82 God’s Presence Seeing the Lord as a gentle whisper

83 God’s Presence Seeing the Lord as a gentle whisper Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

84 God’s Presence Seeing the Lord as a gentle whisper Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Taking time in solitude to wait upon the Lord

85 God’s Presence Seeing the Lord as a gentle whisper Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Taking time in solitude to wait upon the Lord Don’t be distracted by the busyness of life

86 The Two Commands of the Lord After Elijah goes out to the Lord, God instructs him to do two things:

87 The Two Commands of the Lord After Elijah goes out to the Lord, God instructs him to do two things: First- Anoint Hazael king of Aram, and Jehu king of Israel

88 The Two Commands of the Lord After Elijah goes out to the Lord, God instructs him to do two things: First- Anoint Hazael king of Aram, and Jehu king of Israel Second- anoint Elisha prophet to succeed Elijah

89 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field

90 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field Elijah went and threw his cloak around him

91 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field Elijah went and threw his cloak around him Elisha immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah, “let me kiss my father and mother ‘good-bye.’”

92 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field Elijah went and threw his cloak around him Elisha immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah, “let me kiss my father and mother ‘good-bye.’” Elijah replied, “what have I done to you?”

93 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field Elijah went and threw his cloak around him Elisha immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah, “let me kiss my father and mother ‘good-bye.’” Elijah replied, “what have I done to you?” Elisha left, went back, slaughtered his oxen and burned the plows. He cooked the meat and gave it to the people

94 The Call of Elisha When Elijah went to find Elisha, he found him driving the 12 th pair of oxen in his father’s field Elijah went and threw his cloak around him Elisha immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah, “let me kiss my father and mother ‘good-bye.’” Elijah replied, “what have I done to you?” Elisha left, went back, slaughtered his oxen and burned the plows. He cooked the meat and gave it to the people Elisha then followed Elijah and became his attendant

95 Meaning in Elisha’s Calling He drives his own oxen: meaning he was an ordinary man, a laborer, a hard- worker

96 Meaning in Elisha’s Calling He drives his own oxen: meaning he was an ordinary man, a laborer, a hard-worker He immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah

97 Meaning in Elisha’s Calling He drives his own oxen: meaning he was an ordinary man, a laborer, a hard-worker He immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah Elijah was distraught after calling Elisha (he had family, being a prophet of Israel was tough)

98 Meaning in Elisha’s Calling He drives his own oxen: meaning he was an ordinary man, a laborer, a hard-worker He immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah Elijah was distraught after calling Elisha (he had family, being a prophet of Israel was tough) He slaughtered the oxen and gave the meat to the people: he was generous, but there was no turning back—he was in it for the long haul—committed

99 Testing of Elisha’s Commitment

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101 Testing of Elisha’s Commitment 2 Kings 2 Elijah and Elisha are sent by the Lord to travel on and continue their ministry

102 Testing of Elisha’s Commitment 2 Kings 2 Elijah and Elisha are sent by the Lord to travel on and continue their ministry Elijah tries to get Elisha to stay back and not go to Bethel, Elisha refuses

103 Testing of Elisha’s Commitment 2 Kings 2 Elijah and Elisha are sent by the Lord to travel on and continue their ministry Elijah tries to get Elisha to stay back and not go to Bethel, Elisha refuses Same thing happens on the way to Jericho

104 Testing of Elisha’s Commitment 2 Kings 2 Elijah and Elisha are sent by the Lord to travel on and continue their ministry Elijah tries to get Elisha to stay back and not go to Bethel, Elisha refuses Same thing happens on the way to Jericho And again on the way to the Jordan River

105 What this says about Elisha This shows 3 things:

106 What this says about Elisha This shows 3 things: 1. It demonstrates a teachable spirit

107 What this says about Elisha This shows 3 things: 1. It demonstrates a teachable spirit 2. He was loyal, loving and committed to ministry

108 What this says about Elisha This shows 3 things: 1. It demonstrates a teachable spirit 2. He was loyal, loving and committed to ministry 3. He was devoted to God’s calling

109 The Crossing of the Jordan

110 As Elijah and Elisha were traveling, they came to the Jordan River

111 The Crossing of the Jordan As Elijah and Elisha were traveling, they came to the Jordan River Elijah rolled up his cloak, and struck the water, and it divided to the right and to the left

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113 The Crossing of the Jordan As Elijah and Elisha were traveling, they came to the Jordan River Elijah rolled up his cloak, and struck the water, and it divided to the right and to the left After they had crossed the river, Elisha told Elijah after he was gone he hoped to have a double portion of Elijah’s spirit to serve the Lord

114 Elijah taken up to heaven

115 “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them…”

116 Elijah taken up to heaven “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them…” “…and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kings 2:11

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118 Elijah taken up to heaven “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them…” “…and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kings 2:11 After Elisha saw this, he took Elijah’s cloak that had been left, took it, struck the Jordan, and exclaimed, “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?”

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120 Elijah taken up to heaven “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them…” “…and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 Kings 2:11 After Elisha saw this, he took Elijah’s cloak that had been left, took it, struck the Jordan, and exclaimed, “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he struck the water, it separated, and the people nearby said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.”

121 What does this mean to us?

122 Elijah invested in those around him (Elisha)

123 What does this mean to us? Elijah invested in those around him (Elisha) Elijah was committed to the cause and ministry

124 What does this mean to us? Elijah invested in those around him (Elisha) Elijah was committed to the cause and ministry We never know when we will be taken, but we need to be ready, and do all we can here while we can

125 What does this mean to us? Elijah invested in those around him (Elisha) Elijah was committed to the cause and ministry We never know when we will be taken, but we need to be ready, and do all we can here while we can Leave a legacy of service and suffering

126 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram

127 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram He was highly regarded, he served the Lord and the Lord gave him victories

128 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram He was highly regarded, he served the Lord and the Lord gave him victories But…he had leprosy

129 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram He was highly regarded, he served the Lord and the Lord gave him victories But…he had leprosy Naaman went to Elisha to be healed

130 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram He was highly regarded, he served the Lord and the Lord gave him victories But…he had leprosy Naaman went to Elisha to be healed Elisha told Naaman to go down to the Jordan to wash in the river. Walk in and dip six times and then on the seventh you’ll come out free of leprosy

131 Elisha and Naaman Naaman was a commander of the army of Aram He was highly regarded, he served the Lord and the Lord gave him victories But…he had leprosy Naaman went to Elisha to be healed Elisha told Naaman to go down to the Jordan to wash in the river. Walk in and dip six times and then on the seventh you’ll come out free of leprosy But this displeased Naaman because he expected immediate healing and he didn’t want to bathe in the Jordan River

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133 Naaman Naaman was prideful of where he was from

134 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed

135 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15

136 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15 After this, Naaman tried to offer a gift to Elisha, but Elisha refused

137 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15 After this, Naaman tried to offer a gift to Elisha, but Elisha refused Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, thought Naaman owed Elisha for his service

138 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15 After this, Naaman tried to offer a gift to Elisha, but Elisha refused Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, thought Naaman owed Elisha for his service So Gehazi chased after Naaman and claimed that Elisha demanded that he give two talents of silver

139 Elisha and Naaman and Gehazi After a while, Naaman decided to wash in the river and was healed “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.” 2 Kings 5:15 After this, Naaman tried to offer a gift to Elisha, but Elisha refused Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, thought Naaman owed Elisha for his service So Gehazi chased after Naaman and claimed that Elisha demanded that he give two talents of silver But Gehazi lied

140 Gehazi and Elisha When Gehazi returned to Elisha, Elisha questioned Gehazi

141 Gehazi and Elisha When Gehazi returned to Elisha, Elisha questioned Gehazi “Where have you been Gehazi?” 2 Kings 5:25

142 Gehazi and Elisha When Gehazi returned to Elisha, Elisha questioned Gehazi “Where have you been Gehazi?” 2 Kings 5:25 “’Your servant didn’t go anywhere,’ Gehazi replied.”

143 Gehazi and Elisha When Gehazi returned to Elisha, Elisha questioned Gehazi “Where have you been Gehazi?” 2 Kings 5:25 “’Your servant didn’t go anywhere,’ Gehazi replied.” “Elisha said, ‘Is this the time to take clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds…’”

144 Gehazi and Elisha When Gehazi returned to Elisha, Elisha questioned Gehazi “Where have you been Gehazi?” 2 Kings 5:25 “’Your servant didn’t go anywhere,’ Gehazi replied.” “Elisha said, ‘Is this the time to take clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds…’” So Elisha cursed Gehazi and he was punished with Naaman’s leprosy, and “Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and he was leprous, as white as snow.” 2 Kings 5:27

145 Application from Elisha and Naaman

146 1. Stubbornness and pride lead to sin and doubt

147 Application from Elisha and Naaman 1. Stubbornness and pride lead to sin and doubt 2. Trust and obey the first time, and God will bless you

148 Application from Elisha and Naaman 1. Stubbornness and pride lead to sin and doubt 2. Trust and obey the first time, and God will bless you 3. Be grateful for the gifts you’ve been given, and be faithful even when we are not healed

149 Application from Elisha and Naaman 1. Stubbornness and pride lead to sin and doubt 2. Trust and obey the first time, and God will bless you 3. Be grateful for the gifts you’ve been given, and be faithful even when we are not healed 4. God is BIG and capable of healing even the worst brokenness, sickness, or sin

150 Application from Elisha and Gehazi

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152 1. Don’t expect anything in return for serving the Lord

153 Application from Elisha and Gehazi 1. Don’t expect anything in return for serving the Lord 2. Jealousy and greed cause us to fall

154 Application from Elisha and Gehazi 1. Don’t expect anything in return for serving the Lord 2. Jealousy and greed cause us to fall 3. God wants our best effort and obedience, we shouldn’t be in it for the reward alone

155 Application from Elisha and Gehazi 1. Don’t expect anything in return for serving the Lord 2. Jealousy and greed cause us to fall 3. God wants our best effort and obedience, we shouldn’t be in it for the reward alone 4. Serve for the sake of others

156 Elisha and the Axhead After dealing with Gehazi, Elisha and some of the other prophets of the Lord moved down near the Jordan

157 Elisha and the Axhead After dealing with Gehazi, Elisha and some of the other prophets of the Lord moved down near the Jordan As they were building houses, a prophet’s axhead fell off and into the water

158 Elisha and the Axhead After dealing with Gehazi, Elisha and some of the other prophets of the Lord moved down near the Jordan As they were building houses, a prophet’s axhead fell off and into the water Since it was a borrowed axhead, the prophet was afraid

159 Elisha and the Axhead After dealing with Gehazi, Elisha and some of the other prophets of the Lord moved down near the Jordan As they were building houses, a prophet’s axhead fell off and into the water Since it was a borrowed axhead, the prophet was afraid He told Elisha where it had fallen in, Elisha then cut a stick, threw it into the water, and the iron floated. The prophet could then lift out the axhead

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161 What just happened?

162 A miracle showing the power of God working in Elisha?

163 What just happened? A miracle showing the power of God working in Elisha? Symbolism that the lost will be found?

164 What just happened? A miracle showing the power of God working in Elisha? Symbolism that the lost will be found? A metaphor for the sinking nation of Israel, God raising it again?

165 Blinding the Arameans 2 Kings 6:8-23

166 Blinding the Arameans 2 Kings 6:8-23 Who do we know from Aram?

167 Blinding the Arameans 2 Kings 6:8-23 Who do we know from Aram? o Naaman

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169 Blinding the Arameans

170 The king of Aram is angry at Elisha for giving info to the king of Israel

171 Blinding the Arameans The king of Aram is angry at Elisha for giving info to the king of Israel Aram surrounds Dothan

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173 Blinding the Arameans The king of Aram is angry at Elisha for giving info to the king of Israel Aram surrounds Dothan Elisha calls upon the Lord to blind the Arameans

174 Blinding the Arameans The king of Aram is angry at Elisha for giving info to the king of Israel Aram surrounds Dothan Elisha calls upon the Lord to blind the Arameans Elisha leads the blind men to Samaria

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176 Blinding the Arameans The king of Aram is angry at Elisha for giving info to the king of Israel Aram surrounds Dothan Elisha calls upon the Lord to blind the Arameans Elisha leads the blind men to Samaria The Israelites spare the Arameans in Samaria

177 What’s the meaning? Elisha’s power and presence as prophet

178 What’s the meaning? Elisha’s power and presence as prophet The grace and generosity of the Israelites

179 What’s the meaning? Elisha’s power and presence as prophet The grace and generosity of the Israelites God’s provision

180 The final chapter 2 Kings 13:14-20 Elisha’s death

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182 The final chapter 2 Kings 13:14-20 Elisha’s death War had continued between Aram and Israel

183 The final chapter 2 Kings 13:14-20 Elisha’s death War had continued between Aram and Israel Elisha had served the Lord faithfully

184 The final chapter 2 Kings 13:14-20 Elisha’s death War had continued between Aram and Israel Elisha had served the Lord faithfully “Now Elisha was suffering from an illness…” v.14

185 The final chapter 2 Kings 13:14-20 Elisha’s death War had continued between Aram and Israel Elisha had served the Lord faithfully “Now Elisha was suffering from an illness…” v.14 o He died from illness, not sin, not what he did wrong

186 The final chapter What Elisha did before he died:

187 The final chapter What Elisha did before he died: He had the king of Israel take a bow and arrow, and together they shot an arrow out the east window

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189 The final chapter What Elisha did before he died: He had the king of Israel take a bow and arrow, and together they shot an arrow out the east window o This symbolizes the defeat of Aram

190 After Sometime later, when some Israelites were burying a man who had died, they saw someone trying to raid a tomb

191 After So they threw the body into Elisha’s tomb, and when the dead man’s body touched Elisha’s…

192 After… Sometime later, when some Israelites were burying a man who had died, they saw someone trying to raid a tomb So they threw the body into Elisha’s tomb, and when the dead man’s body touched Elisha’s “He came to life and stood up on his feet” v.21

193 So live in such a way that, even in your death, you make an impact on people.

194 Elijah’s name, confronting Baal worship, making a statement to Ahab


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