2 Kings 13-14
In 2Kings 13:21 we find a short diversion in the subject matter. There among a long list of kings that failed to lead God’s people back from idol worship is the account of a man who had asked for a double portion of God’s anointing. Elisha, a man known for having a servant’s heart, had walked ten years in humility and servitude. He knew what he wanted and he did not stop until received the “double portion.” Now after his death some men who were afraid of being attacked by raiders hurriedly threw a second body into the place where Elisha was buried. When the body came in contact with the bones of the prophet, immediately the dead man came to life and stood up. Even though Elisha was dead, the living God was still using him to show them his miraculous power. Elijah was Elisha’s predecessor and was credited with 14 miracles. Prior to his death Elisha had 27 to his credit. With this final miracle he doubled the number performed by Elijah.
God is still looking for those who whole heartedly crave a double portion. Those whose hearts yearn for the anointing fire of the Holy Spirit. Those who are willing to be stirred up like never before. Men and women who are not merely satisfied with a religious lifestyle but hunger for the fresh wind of Pentecost. Jeremiah was a prophet of God called from his mother’s womb. After being beaten and placed into stocks for prophesying God’s wrath on the people he determined that he wouldn’t speak for the Lord any more. Jeremiah went on to say that it was like “fire shut up in my bones.” Although he tried to keep it contained it had to be let out. The anointing God pours out upon his servants can not be contained. It is to be passed on to those who will receive it.
God is still placing His fire in the bones of men. John the Baptist told us that Jesus would “baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Elisha would not leave the side of Elijah until he got what he wanted. Those who are willing to preserve and remain steadfast in their faith shall be rewarded just the same.