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Series: Lessons Learned
1 Kings 19:19-21
Grab your Bible and turn to 1 Kings 19:19-21. (Helpful if you read Lesson 15 first.)
Lord Jesus, grant us supernatural courage and a heart that will obey You at all costs. We commit our way to You, and we trust You and Your timing in our lives. We wait expectantly for You to act. Help us, Lord, to be brave!
I want you to engage in the few verses of this passage in 1 Kings. Little is said, but there is a big lesson. Put yourself in the story, watch carefully as the scene unfolds, and let your emotions feel every word and action.
The Lord has just announced Elisha will be Elijah’s replacement as prophet to Israel, and He asked Elijah to go and anoint him. Which he did but in a rather unusual fashion.
“So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shapchat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,’ he said, ‘and then I will come with you.’ ‘Go back,” Elijah replied. ‘What have I done to you?’ So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.” - 1 Kings 19:19-21 (NIV)
Are you picturing it: Elisha is doing his job, minding his own business, when an encounter with a prophet changes his life. It is at the crossroads (or fields) in our life where we will confirm or compromise God’s call (or next assignment).
Flip to to the next page, and let’s list the observations (or FACTS as explained in the FLAP method, see the method fully explained on Page 5).
1. Elisha was plowing a field with a team of oxen.
2. Elijah threw his cloak across Elisha’s shoulders and walked away.
3. Elisha ran after him and asked if he could kiss his parents goodbye before going with him.
4. Elijah responded, “Consider what I have done.”
5. Elisha broke his plow and made a fire, sacrificed (killed) his oxen and fed the men.
6. Elisha went with Elijah to be his servant.
1. Elisha was faithfully working ...
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