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Elisha son of Shaphat
God's Absolute Faithfulness Illustrated
 
Elisha
asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit (2 Kings 2:9) in answer to the great man's invitation –
 "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." 
 
To 'double'
the anointing of his ministry upon his successor was not Elijah's to give.
 
 
So, he conditioned it upon Elisha seeing him in his departure – and he did!
 
 
So driven was Elisha by his appreciation of the ministry of Elijah that God had agreed to his request.
 
Remember,
Elijah had done seven miracles during his service for God.
 
 
God did exactly thirteen miracles through Elisha during his life time (one short), and one through him – after his death!
 
This
unique post-mortem-miracle is a statement of the absolute of God's faithfulness to His promises –
but only for those who trust Him more than they trust themselves!
 
 
Therefore, to those who trust Him according to His word, His faithfulness is unfailing.
 
The miracles of Elisha according to the record in 2 Kings
1. 
Dividing the Jordan river
2:
14  
2. 
Healing of the Jericho spring
2:
19-22  
3. 
Killing of the adolescent gang of mockers
2:
23-24  
4. 
Water in the desert for the allied armies and defeat of the Moabites
3:
4-27  
5. 
Widow's debt relief and welfare
4:
1-7  
6. 
Conception of the Shunammite's son.
4:
8-17  
7. 
Raising the Shunammite's son from the dead
4:
18-37  
8. 
Purifying the deadly stew
4:
38-41  
9. 
Multiplying the food
4:
42-44  
10. 
Healing of the Syrian General
5:
1-18  
11. 
Putting leprosy on Gehazi
5:
20-27  
12. 
Axe head floating
6:
1-7  
13. 
The blinding of the Syrian army
6:
18-23  
Elisha becomes ill, dies, and sometime later . . .
14
The bones of Elisha's corpse raise a man from the dead:
13:
20-21  
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"And as a man was being buried, behold,
a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and
as soon as the [corpse of the] man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet."
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God is true to His word,
always!
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