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Elisha Succeeds Elijah

Key Verse

“So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him” (1 Kings 19:19).

Text — 1 Kings 19:15-21


To succeed someone means you are next after the person. In our study today, we are dealing with two major prophets, Elijah and Elisha. As Elijah’s prophetic ministry was ending, Elisha became his able servant and eventually succeeded him. According to the 3rd president of America, Thomas Jefferson, “Nothing is more incumbent on the old than to know when they should get out of the way and relinquish to younger successors the honor they can no longer earn, and the duties they can no longer perform.” Elijah was a great prophet and performed 14 miracles including prophesies, during his ministry. However, he started complaining to God as he seemed to be the only one serving Him while Israel had turned onto idolatry. God had to appoint, a wealthy farmer, Elisha to succeed him. 

God cares for His weary disciples. Elisha served well as a prophet and got the double portion of Elijah’s anointing that he requested for by doing 28 miracles. Beloved, be spiritually, academically and morally prepared to succeed your leaders in all walks of life.


God cares for His weary disciples


 Like Elisha, be ready when the mantle falls on you.

Prayer for today

Holy Father, make me a vessel fit for your use, in Jesus’ name

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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