The Spirit of Elijah 2
E lisha performed 32 miracles. This is twice the number of Elijah. They were accomplished by a double portion of the Spirit of Elijah that was upon him.
There are five applications of the Spirit of Elijah revealed in the Bible:
3. John the Baptist
5. Elijah (The Great Tribulation)
Elisha performed 32 miracles. This is twice the number of Elijah. They were accomplished by a double portion of the Spirit of Elijah that was upon him.
1. Jordan River Dried Up
2 Kings 2:13-15 He took up also the mantle of Elisha that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? And when he had also smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
2. Water and Barren Land Healed
2 Kings 2:19-22 And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death nor barren land. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
3. Forty Two Men Killed
2 Kings 2:23-25 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tore forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
4. Water Without Rain
2 Kings 3:16-20 And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the hand of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones. And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
5. Defeat of the Moabites
2 Kings 3:18-20
6. Optical Illusion
2 Kings 3:21-23 And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the border. And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood: And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
7. Increases a Widow's Oil
2 Kings 4:1-7 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
8. A Child Given to a Shunem Woman
2 Kings 4:12-17 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunemmite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. And he said, What then is to be done for her? and Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at the season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.
9. Resurrects the Shunemmite's Son
2 Kings 4:32-37 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunemmite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.
10. Heals the Noxious Pottage
2 Kings 4:38-41 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shed them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.
11. Multiplies Food for One Hundred Men
2 Kings 4:42,44 And there came a man from Baal-shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. And his servitor said, What, should I set this before a hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they eat: for thus saith the Lord, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord.
12. Heals Naaman's Leprosy
2 Kings 5:1-14 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord with with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest receover him of his leprosy. And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. And it was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. So Naaman came with his horses and his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith unto thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
13. Discernment of Gehazi
2 Kings 5:25,26 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence camest thou, Gehazi? And he said, thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants and maidservants?
14. Leprosy of Naaman to Gehazi
2 Kings 5:57 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
15. An Iron Axehead Floats
2 Kings 6:1-7 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us. Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye. And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go. So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
16. Reveals the Secrets of War
2 Kings 6:8-10 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
17. Reveals the Secrets of War
2 Kings 6:10-12 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not show me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in the bedchamber.
18. Reveals the Secrets of War
2 Kings 6:10-12
19. Opens the Eyes of His Servant
2 Kings 6:13-17 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I go send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
20. Blinds the Syrian Army
2 Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
21. Captures Entire Syrian Army
2 Kings 6:19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.
M ajor Events in the Life of Elisha
(1-21 in this Teaching, 22-32 in Elijah 3)
1. Jordan River Dried Up (2 Kings 2:13-15)
2. Water and Barren Land Healed (2 Kings 2:19-22)
3. Forty-two Men Killed (2 Kings 2:23-25)
4. Water Without Rain (2 Kings 3:16-20)
5. Defeat of the Moabites (2 Kings 3:18-20)
6. Optical Illusion (2 Kings 3:21-23)
7. Increases a Widow’s Oil (2 Kings 4:1-7)
8. Child Given to a Shunem Woman (2 Kings 4:12-17)
9. Resurrects the Shunemmite's Son (2 Kings 4:32-37)
10. Heals Noxious Pottage (2 Kings 4:28-41)
11. Multiplies Food For One Hundred Men (2 Kings 4:43,44)
12. Heals Naaman's Leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)
13. Discernment of Gehazi (2 Kings 5:25,26)
14. Leprosy of Naaman Inflicted on Gehazi (2 Kings 5:27)
15. Iron Axehead Floats (2 Kings 6:1-7)
16. Reveals Secrets of War (2 Kings 6:8-10)
17. Reveals Secrets of War (2 Kings 6:10-12)
18. Reveals Secrets of War (2 Kings 6:10-12)
19. Opens Eyes of His Servant (2 Kings 6:13-17)
20. Blinds the Syrian Army (2 Kings 6:18)
21. Captures Entire Syrian Army (2 Kings 6:19)
22. Heals an Army of Blindness (2 Kings 6:20-23)
23. Foreknows a King's Act (2 Kings 6:32,33)
24. Food and Death to Unbelievers (2 Kings 7:1)
25. Miraculous Utterance (2 Kings 7:2)
26. Confusion and Flight of Syrians (2 Kings 7:6-8)
27. Heaven Shut for Seven Years (2 Kings 8:1,2)
28. Miraculous Utterance (2 Kings 8:7-11)
29. Miraculous Utterance (2 Kings 8:12)
30. Miraculous Utterance (2 Kings 8:13-15)
31. Jehu is Anointed King (2 Kings 9:1-10)
32. Joash Visits in His Sickness (2 Kings 13:14-19)
Post Death Miracle: Resurrection (2 Kings 13:20,21)
From Dakes Annotated Reference Bible(c) Copyright 1963 by Finis Jennings Dake