A Double Portion

‘Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.’ 2 Kings 2:9 NKJV

‘Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so.”’ (2 Kings 2:9–10 NKJV)

Elisha received his ‘double portion’, and went on to perform twice as many miracles as his mentor Elijah. The key phrase here is: ‘If you see me when I am taken from you!’ In other words, ‘Stay close to me and you can have it.’ Elisha then followed Elijah to four places:

(1) Gilgal. That’s where the Israelites were circumcised, which involves ‘cutting off the flesh’ (see Joshua 5:8). You must be led by God’s Spirit and say no to your fleshly nature—that’s ‘a hard thing’ to do.

(2) Bethel. That’s where Jacob had a heavenly vision (see Genesis 28:19). Unless you have a vision that’s born of God, you’ll drift aimlessly through life.

(3) Jericho. That’s where Joshua had a face-to-face encounter with God and prayed, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ (Joshua 5:14 NKJV) It’s only when you surrender to God that you experience victory.

(4) Jordan. Because the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, it represents death. So be prepared to attend your own burial—every day (see 1 Corinthians 15:31). Paul said, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.’ (Galatians 2:20 NIV)

Do you want a double portion of God’s spirit? You can have it—if you meet the conditions.

SoulFood: Exo 20:15, Exo 22:1–4, Pro 6:30–31, Luke 19:1–10

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2020

Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:15 ()

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15 “You shall not steal.

Exodus 22:1–4 ()

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22:1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double.

Proverbs 6:30–31 ()

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30   People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31   but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
    he will give all the goods of his house.

Luke 19:1–10 ()

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19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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