2Kings 2:15, “Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him”,
Faith by far is the greatest gift you can pass to your young people primarily by how you live it. While I’m fine with children’s church and youth ministries, I believe the greatest impact in your young people is made when they sit with you, watch you worship, pray, relate to your spouse, read, work. Why is this important? Because young people learn more from your lifestyle than your words. Young people want to know their parents are real and not perfect; they tend to want to imitate their parents. Parents ought to set the tone of a young person’s spiritual life. How you live as a parent leads them to ask questions why you do what you do in order to learn. I also believe that by the presence of your young people, they will help you grow deeper and deeper in the things of God. Think of it this way, if you have an assignment to teach a class, would not that drive you to prepare by studying, doing research, learning a head of time? This is part of learning by teaching and being all God wants you to be before His children He has given you as talents to care for. It is the parents primary job to disciple their young people.
To go back to Elisha and the sons of the prophets we ask, what primarily drew these young men to Elisha? First let’s see how they came to know about Elisha, in 2Kings 2, God was about to take Elijah to heaven. Elijah was doing final missions visiting different places and each place we are made aware of the sons of the prophets. I would speculate Elijah’s journeys was to meet the sons of the prophets who he may have been a father figure to and bid them farewell. As the Lord sent him to each place, he told Elisha to stay behind and each time Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” God sent Elijah to Bethel, Jericho, and to Jordan. All these 3 places there were the sons of the prophets. Also to note in talking of sons of the prophets, it had been revealed to them that God would take Elijah away and they became concerned for Elisha, you hear them ask him this, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
At Jericho, 50 of the sons of the prophet followed them from a distance and they witnessed the miracle Elijah performed, 2kings 2:8, “Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground” While they continued to walk, Elijah asked Elisha what he would do for him before he was taken away. Vs. 10, “…Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” You have to remember the sons of the prophets are taking notes, watching Elijah pass the mantle to his servant Elisha to continue Elijah’s legacy.
Then out of nowhere the chariots come and took Elijah away and you hear Elisha cry. Though he was a servant and later a prophet, Elijah was a father to him too vs. 12-14, “12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed”
2Kings 2:15, “Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him”, amen, amen, amen. They recognized that this was now their father figure and they treated him with respect, they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him; in reverence of him as their master, in the room of Elijah.
The sons of the prophets saw his service to Elijah; they saw his faith in God, tenacity spirit in him. One man was faithful to God by serving His prophet and when God took His prophet away, this one man Elisha wanted to be an extension of what God had started in Elijah, and the sons of the prophets recognized that. What do you want your young people to identify you with the most? I hope your faith.
The bible says in Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him”, he sets the tone, his children pick up his mantle when they are of age and keep running with it. I recall more of what I saw in my dad than what he said. His faith in God, his prayer life, his worship style, his love for my mom, his sacrifice to the family set the tone in my life and the rest of his children. My mom’s prayer, sacrifice, love, submission to dad, handling big family sometimes when dad was not home are things I witnessed. They shaped me. Again young people learn more from your lifestyle than your words.
We say we need prayers in schools, are we praying at home to show our young people how important it is? We say the Ten Commandments should remain in schools, do we even know them ourselves and are teaching them to our young people?. We say leave “under God” in our pledge of allegiance, but do we live as though we are under God, walking by faith?… What impacted the sons of the prophets’ were Elisha’s faith, reverence and honor for Elijah. The rest of his teachings, leadership, miracles lied on the foundation of his faith and choosing to take a harder task. Joshua 24:15, “… as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” To continue. Blessings Ev