When the exact time had come for the Prophet Elijah to pass the mantle on over to Elisha, it wasn’t as easy of a transition of power as Elijah initially thought it would be. You know, the two cross on over the Jordan, all was done; and then the mighty Elijah ask the new kid on the block what is it that he might do for him before he gets on up out of here? I am not even sure that the question from Elijah to Elisha came as a commandment or direction of God to ask Elisha? It could have been Elijah making the offer on his own or by permission of God. We know before Elijah that Moses had given permission to divorce which was not commanded of God at the beginning: Matthew 19:7-8, “They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He (Jesus) saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” And we all know how the Apostle Paul was always giving direction not by commandment, but by permission. It can make one wonder what would God have said or not said in some of these instances initiated by one of his greats; and confirmed as God’s Will by God’s agreement, and not necessarily by God’s initiation of what was said. When you have time, check out just a few of Paul’s initiations of the Word confirmed by God: 1 Cor.7: 6-7, 1 Cor. 7:12, 2 Cor. 8:8, 2 Cor. 11:17; and there are many others in which we read all the time. Now when it comes to Jesus, we know from scripture that he only says what his Father says: John 12:49, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” Plus, we know that Jesus is the Word of God literally, for the Father’s truth is Jesus: John 1:3, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Anyway, I may not know for sure why Elijah asked Elisha the question; however, I do know that Elijah found himself having to do a little more work after hearing the answer to his question given by Elisha. So Should I Last, Or Should I Be There At The End?
The real question to us is the same one in which Elijah found himself having to answer in order to answer the question in which he pulled out from Elisha: 2 Kings 2:9-10, “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.” I use to think to myself, why would this be a hard thing for God to do since there is nothing too hard for God: Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee; furthermore, neither is anything impossible to do for God: Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” What we know from scripture is that nothing is too hard or impossible for God; therefore, Elijah’s response has nothing to do with being a hard thing for God, but everything to do with being a hard thing for man. Elijah knows that all that he went through with Elisha was to get him ready for the mantel has it was; however, to get the mantle ready to be what it was not, was all about the man proving to be ready to handle doubling the mantle. Now that Elijah had Elisha’s answer, he knows that more must be done to upgrade Elisha’s calling; for the anointing was not in the mantel, but was on the man. You see, Jesus was anointed to do such and such; and it pleased God to give Jesus the fulness of God to do the such and such: Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Now the power to do what he was anointed to do was given also: Colossians 1:19, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” So Should I Last, Or Should I Be There At The End?
Now let’s look at how Elijah answers the question that he pulls out of Elisha. When Elijah ask the question, he had come to the place to hand over the mantle to Elisha; but he was ready to hand over the mantle with the calling to handle the original or single anointing. It would be a hard thing because they would need more things to happen with Elisha in order to confirm that he would be able handle more than what Elijah had prepared him to handle: Is it in him to handle a double portion calling is the question to answer? So now we have to do more to find out if he can handle more: 2 Kings 2:11-13, “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.” We can read above the highlight in verse 11 where it says, “as they still went on:” they had to keep going on in order to get more than what was already planned. They had finished what was needed for the original calling of the mantel; however, Elisha had to last or be there at the end in order to show that he could handle and walk in the upgraded calling. I was talking to Father recently about an experience I had gone through in which I had to be there at the end in order to go forth further in the calling. I had asked Father why did I have to still go on when we both knew that I would be there at the end? Father told me that he knew that it was not a difficult thing for me, and that he took me to the end so that I could lose any tagging along who did not have the faith or belief for where I was going. Once I was at the end of going forth, I could clearly see the position of those which had not been so clear to see at the lower levels of comfort. The Apostle Paul’s standard in Christ was above that which the regular or even above average Christian can reasonably bear; therefore, we will walk in the Word of the Lord written by the Apostle as a map unto that in which we can bear according to the grace given to each of us. Joseph was asked to bear, or still go on in that which God knew was not too hard for him. God needed Joseph to be ready for his calling to take place at a certain time, therefore, Joseph needed to last or be there at the end of his wrongful prison term in order to meet God’s timing. Listen, you got to know that when you walk with Father, you are telling him that you are there not to do your will but to do his Will. It is not a requirement that we walk above average or above our reasonable service in order to get into heaven: if you believe in Jesus while receiving him by faith; and stick with the plan, then we will see you in Heaven. However, if you want to be a Heaven Seal (lol), then Father God is seeking for you now: John 4:23, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Father knows where the Body of Christ is, and he knows all who make it up; however, he is seeking those in the Body of Christ who want more out side of the comfort. If this is you, then talk to your the Head recruiter (Jesus); and he will direct you to seeking the Father above your reasonable service also: John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The path to the Father Godhead always starts by the Word Godhead. So Should I Last, Or Should I Be There At The End?
The Father In Spirit And In Truth Is Seeking Such To Seek Him.