The Prophet’s Role – What is it?
The prophet’s role is boldly proclaiming God’s message to the world. Consider 2 Kings 2:15-18
Elisha and Elijah
Elijah was Elisha’s mentor. When God was ready to take Elijah up to heaven, he directed him to go to Bethel, so Elijah told Elisha to stay behind, but Elisha insisted on going.
Once they got to Bethel, the prophets told Elisha that Elijah was being called to heaven, and Elisha told them he knew. Then Elijah was called to go to Jericho. Again Elijah instructed Elisha to stay, but Elisha refused, so they went to Jericho.
At Jericho, once again prophets told Elisha that God would take Elijah from him that day. He said he knew. Then Elijah told Elisha he would go to Jordan and instructed him to stay. Elisha told him where Elijah went, he would go.
After crossing the Jordan, Elijah asked Elisha what he could do for him before leaving the earth. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elijah said if Elisha saw God take him up to heaven, it would be his.
Then Elisha watched as Elijah was caught up in a whirlwind to Heaven. He then returned to Jericho.
Elisha Becomes God’s Prophet
When the prophets from Jericho couldn’t find Elijah, they wanted to go look for him. Elisha told them there was no point.
They pushed Elisha until he relented and told them to go. They searched everywhere, then returned to report they couldn’t find him.
Elisha told them “Didn’t I tell you not to go?” He wasn’t taunting them, but exercising authority and confidence that he carried the message of God.
Christians – Modern Day Prophets
We as Christians should also proclaim God’s word, not in anger or out of some self righteous spirit. We should do it with the full confidence and authority of the great I AM. God is where we draw authority, and there is no higher authority.
Be confident. Proclaim the Gospel. Share God’s word without fear of consequence.
They sent fifty men, who searched … but did not find [Elijah]. When they returned to Elisha … he said to them, “Didn’t I tell you not to go?”
—2 Kings 2:17-18