Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?

This sermon, the fifth of our sermon series, “God, Israel, and Elisha,” was preached at GGCF Escario, Sunday, March 6, 2011.

The writer of 2 Kings brings us to the time when Elisha, Elijah’s long time servant, is about to take over prophetic leadership from Elijah. God has called Elijah to his heavenly retirement. God has called Elisha to take his place. This is a time of transition for Elisha, who will step into the shoes of the most celebrated star in the Hall of Fame of Yahweh’s prophets. It is a time of transition for the sons of prophets, the student prophets, who will now follow a new leader, mentor, and head prophet. It is also a time of transition for the northern kingdom of Israel, as they see God’s ways and learn to obey God’s Word through the prophet Elisha.

Today, I’m going to expound from the text, Elisha’s question, “Where’s the LORD, God of Elijah?” According to the context of the story, it is a test question, really—a question of confirmation, whether the God of Elijah is now truly with Elisha. When Elisha asked, “Where is the LORD, God of Elisha?,” he is asking whether the spirit and power of God upon Elijah is now truly with Elisha. When Elisha asked, “Where is the LORD, God of Elisha?,” he is asking whether the blessing and authorization of Yahweh is now truly with
Elisha.

That is a good question for us today. When we ask, “Where is the LORD, God of Elisha?,” we are really asking whether the Spirit and power of God is upon our lives, our church, our work, and our ministry. When Elisha asked, “Where is the LORD, God of Elisha?,” we are asking whether the blessing of God is upon us. . . . more

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