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All In

published17 days ago
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All In by Phil

Last time we took a humorous look at Elisha's call to ministry, but there's still more to the story. We can learn a few things about Elisha from his response. Let's recap a bit and then hear "the rest of the story."

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. 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

Grab your Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass and let's see what we can deduce from these clues.

1. Elisha had a family and family was important to him. He was young enough to still have both parents living and he made sure to say his proper goodbyes before heading off on his new adventure.

2. He was a farmer, and not a poor one at that. When Elijah found him, Elisha was plowing with 24 oxen. That's got to be the Old Testament equivalent of today's GPS powered self-driving combine with air conditioning and power seats. Since it mentions he was driving the twelfth pair (and oxen don't have GPS guidance), somebody had to be driving the other eleven. Therefore, he probably had employees or at least hired help for the day. Could these be the barbecue recipients mentioned in the next verse?

3. The farming business was his, not a family affair. I'm pretty sure his dad would not have been pleased if Elisha came home, gave him a peck on the cheek and said, "See ya, Pops! By the way, I killed all your oxen and burned your plows." That would also mean Eli was old enough to be established in business.

4. Most importantly, when God called, Elisha was ALL IN! He got the cloak, said "goodbye" to the folks, and destroyed the things that made his livelihood. There was no turning back or backing out. I wonder if this image was running through Jesus's mind when He said, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." - Luke 9:62. Elisha made sure there was nothing to tempt him to return to his old life. That my friends, is commitment.

5. Elisha was a follower of Christ before there was a Christ to follow. Jesus said, "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve" - Matt 20:28, and again to Peter after washing his feet, "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him." - John 13:15-16. Elisha is a living example of these verses. From what we've deduced in these verses, he was most likely used to being the boss with workers to serve him. But after his call, Elisha followed Elijah and became his servant.

Elisha is often overlooked as an example of great faith, but maybe we need to take a second look. In his call, he modeled trust, obedience, humility, and total devotion. Elisha is one of the few people in history who could honestly sing "I Surrender All."

Thanks Lord, for people like Elisha who remind us that following you is better than anything this world has to offer. When our faith feels fickle, give us strength to "burn the plows" and follow you with our whole hearts and lives - no turning back, ALL IN!

Where He leads, we will follow,
Phil and Pam

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