And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so — 2 Kings 2:9-10
The story it tells – all true – is not a happy one. Lawlessness, immorality, and heartbreak are all part of the landscape. Yet we need the message of 2 Kings, which shows us the legacy and the lunacy of turning away from the LORD: division, decline, decadence, depravity, and dispersion. 2 Kings was written for our benefit so that we learn from the successes and failures of the people of God. It also highlights the outstanding ministry of the prophet Elisha, who shines like a bright star on a very dark night.
In Division & Decline: Understanding the Book of 2 Kings – Part 01 (Chapters 01-13) you will learn about:
- The passing on of the prophetic baton from Elijah to Elisha;
- The simultaneous reigns of some of the kings of Judah and Israel;
- Some amazing prophetic acts and miracles;
- How Jehu, king of Israel, brutally fulfilled Elijah’s prophetic condemnation of the house of Ahab;
- A candid assessment of the leadership in both Judah and Israel (hint: it will give us solid reasons why we need the reign of the King of kings and Lord of lords);