Insight to the Word

When Elijah was taken into heaven, Elisha commenced his fifty some years of ministry (853–798 bc) as God’s prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel at a time when her kings were leading the Israelites into Baal idolatry (2 Kings 2:1–8:15). Elisha performed various miracles similar to the miracles performed by his mentor, showing that he was his successor and authenticating himself as God’s prophet. In 2 Kings 4, Elisha enabled a poor widow to redeem her two sons sold into slavery with a miraculous supply of olive oil (vv. 1–7). He also raised a boy from the dead (vv. 32–37). Both miracles, scholars suggest, anticipated Jesus’ miracles of supplying food to feed thousands (Matthew 14:15–21; 15:32–38) and raising the widow’s son and Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Luke 7:11–15; 8:49–55).

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