1 Kings 19:19-21
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
In 1 Kings 19 we see Elijah:
#1. Fearing and Fleeing from Jezebel.
#2. Feeding from and Following Jehovah.
#3. Falling his mantle upon Elisha.
The Mantle Represents:
#1. Spiritual Authority
#2. Spiritual Appointment
#3. Spiritual Anointing
The killing of the cows and the burning of the plows signified a destroying of the "old life".
In 1 Samuel 15 Saul DEFEATED, but did not DESTROY; as a result he lost his POWER and his POSITION. He lost his AUTHORITY AND HIS ANOINTING.
In the Gospels Simon DEPARTED (Matthew 4:18-20 and Matthew 19:27), but he did not DESTROY; as a result he went back to fishing (the old life). Read John 21.
When we follow Christ, He gives us a new: PURPOSE, PRIORITY, PERSPECTIVE, and PROVISION.
ELISHA was a man of:
Wealth vs. 20
Work vs. 20
Willingness vs. 21
Like Elisha we need to destroy any ACTION, ATTITUDE, or AMBITION that will hinder us as we follow Christ.
Elisha said his final farewell to: FAMILY, FRIENDS, FINANCIAL SECURITY, and FAMILIARITY.
Read: Luke 9:23, Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:16-20, Luke 18:18-23
Casual Christianity will NEVER do in the sight of the Lord. Salvation is free to all who believe, but discipleship has a cost. IT IS TIME FOR US TO KILL SOME COWS AND BURN SOME PLOWS IN 2014.
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