“Elijah took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were divided here and there, so that the two of them (Elijah and Elisha) crossed over on dry ground.”
2nd Kings 2:8
In Part One (Scroll down to April 1, 2021) I wrote to you concerning how New Testament Truths are often illustrated in the times, the people, the places and the events of the Old Testament, and such is the case with the subject of serving in resurrection power in the ministry of the prophet Elisha! In our earlier writing we pointed out the preconditions for thus serving were present in Elisha’s ministry when Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha (1st Kings 19:19).
Today we want to see how Elisha was then further prepared to serve. Remember, the mantle still belonged to Elijah. Elisha had to be prepared for it to be his. This was accomplished by two ways, testing and trials. The same will be true for us if we are to serve the Lord in His resurrection power! Elijah was then successively called by the Lord to go from Gilgal to Bethel, from Bethel to Jericho, and from Jericho to the Jordan River (2nd Kings 2:2,4,6). Each time the Lord tested Elisha’s faithfulness by using Elijah to give Elisha an excuse for not going with him. In each instance Elisha passed the tests by insisting that he as servant accompany Elijah! Then Elisha was also prepared by trials! Upon arriving at Bethel, the sons of the prophets asked Elisha if he knew Elijah would be taken from him that day. The same also happened at Jericho. In each instance Elisha replied by saying, ‘Yes, I know’ Be still!’ It is not an easy thing for one that means much in the growth of a servant of the Lord to pass, but it is imperative to see the Lord will never forsake you!
Finally, it is important to see Elisha’s introduction to serving in resurrection power (v6b-8). See 2nd Kings 2:8 above. Rivers are often symbolic in the Bible, particularly in the old testament. They often speak of times of transition, or even death. If any of us are to serve in the resurrection power of Christ, we must transition from our ways to His way, from dependence on self to reliance on Christ in us! When Jesus said, “If anyone serve Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there my servant will be also.” (John 12:26). Before He made that statement, He taught the parable of the grain of wheat, that the outer husk must die to bring forth more grains of wheat! But notice the newness of life and ministry afterward! A new prayer (v 9-10)=Vision fulfilled; A new power (v 11-13)=The mantle is now Elisha’s; A new person (v 14,15)=Resurrection power is obvious to others!
No one serves in resurrection power on the wrong side of the river!