God’s Blessing to Jericho Through The Prophet Elisha

God’s Blessing Through Elisha

God cursed Jericho, but the faith of it’s new citizens provided God’s blessing through the prophet Elisha.

The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.” 

Jericho’s Citizens Obey Elisha

“Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 
Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ ” 

God Rewards The Faith of Jericho’s Citizens

And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.” – 2 Kings 2:19-22

After God led Joshua to destroy Jericho, He promised a curse on any who dared to rebuild it. About 550 years later, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt it losing two sons in the process. The water source near Jericho poisoned its new citizens.

When Elisha visited, the citizens of Jericho called to him, asking for his blessing. Elisha asked for a bowl of salt. Once Elisha delivers God’s Blessing on the bowl of salt, he tosses it into the water, purifying it.

If Elisha had not returned to Jericho, God may have never blessed the town with safe drinking water. If the citizens of Jericho had not asked for the blessing, it may not have happened either.

God’s blessing required both the faith of the citizens of Jericho and that of the prophet Elisha to clean the water for the town.

The Prophet’s Role in God’s Blessing

Prophets are bridges between man and God, delivering God’s blessing. If we are now prophets in the Great Commission, what is our role in bridging the gap for our fellow men? How are we a blessing for them?

“This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” – 2 Kings 2:21

Prophet Priest – Two Roles Jesus Filled While On Earth

Prophet priest – Jesus Filled These Roles While On Earth

Prophet, priest, and king. The first two of these roles are ones we should probably emulate while we are on earth. Read: Mark 1:21-28

When Jesus went to the temple to teach, many today miss the significance. Jesus was merely a child the first time, and a carpenter by the time this passage takes place. According to tradition, only priests anointed by God could prophesy in the temple.

Jesus Assumes His Role

Yet, when Jesus did this, He did it with the full authority of God even driving out an impure spirit from a man there. Jesus spoke and healed with authority, so people listened to what he has to say. The prophet and priest embodied within a simple carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

When confronted with people who act as though they have authority in spiritual matters, it is our duty to speak God’s word about His plans. We are to give His message, and do His work. Others may have authority in earthly matters, but do not keep silent for their sake. Instead we should speak for the One who has true authority over Earth and Heaven.

It is ultimately the job of the Christian to take on the roles of prophet and priest. Jesus’ last message on earth, The Great Commission, commands Christians to go and make disciples of all the earth.

Boldly Fulfilling Our Role as Prophet-Priest

Can we be so bold as to start a spiritual revolution by sharing God’s message with authority? Will we fulfill our roles as prophets and priests? Do we dare choose to truly emulate Christ on Earth?

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” —Mark 1:22

Prophet’s Role – Boldly Proclaiming God’s Message To The World

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.

Elisha’s Inheritance

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

Defining Christians – How Can You Tell A Christian From A Non-Believer?

Defining Christians – What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Defining Christians can be a very tough thing to do with all of the seemingly conflicting definitions offered by society. The simplest definition of Christian is “christ like”. To know what that is, we need to understand who Christ is. Read: Mark 1:1-13

John baptized people in the Jordan river telling them he would baptize them in water to cleanse their sin, but when Christ would come, he would baptize them in the Holy Spirit, eternally cleansing their sins.

This commitment does not come without a cost, though. It comes with a series of new responsibilities which carry some pretty powerful titles:

Prophet – Priest – King

As John baptized Jesus, Heaven opened and a dove appeared, signaling God’s anointing of Jesus as a prophet, priest, and king.

Prophet

A prophet is defined as a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God. They are thought to convey messages from God. The message they deliver is called a prophesy.

Notable prophets in the Bible are: Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaac, and Samuel.

The prophets in the Bible were used by God to deliver his messages to his people. Sometimes they carried messages of hope and deliverance. Often, though, they carried messages of warning and destruction. Prophets were rarely well thought of and often lived in seclusion.

Priest

A priest is a religious leader authorized to perform sacred rituals, and is a mediatory agent between humans and God. Priests guide and mentor the people they take charge of. They also lead and teach them.

Priests have a higher standard of ethical and moral code placed on them. While still human, they are to live a life free from sin, modeling how to follow Jesus’ commands, and calling others to God’s message of hope and redemption.

King

A king is the male monarch (ruler) over a group of people. Kings provide protection and lead the nation. They are sought for their judgement in certain matters, and are looked to for knowledge and wisdom. Their decisions impact their nation and nations around them.

Good kings lead by keeping the best interests of the people in their nation at heart. They think about the impact to their nation, and the nations around them for every decision they make.

Kings also provide protection, building for themselves armies, walls, and defensive measures to protect his people.

God called Jesus to all of these roles. If we are to be “christ-like”, we must also assume these three roles.

Jesus then said in his ministry that Christians should be the hands and feet of Christ. God calls us to the roles of Jesus’ anointing, also, we are to tell God’s plans to the world. Finally, our calling to guide and council those we come into contact with is paramount. We are to rule over resources and people God may send our way to work for His purpose.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

As a true follower of Christ, you will take on these three roles throughout your life. I can offer you this warning, be sure in all decisions you are in His will. Working toward your will and not His is grossly mishandling His power, as a result, you will hurt others. In everything, give God the credit and acknowledge his role in your life.

Remember that the world is watching you. God does forgive your sin, but the world often will not. Do not damage your witness by letting your actions be about you and not about God.

“As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove” – Mark 1:10