The Scriptures abound with records of the lives of saints who have gone before us. These are “written for our learning” (Rom 15:4), and God would have us ponder what His Spirit has written concerning them. We are apt, however, to move in a world of unreality as we read these records. It is meant by this that we are apt to think of the worthies of old time as persons cast in an altogether different mould to ourselves. We are expressly guarded against this inJas 5:17. There we are told concerning one of the mightiest of the prophets that “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are.” Therefore we dare not excuse ourselves if we discover upon examination that we are living upon a lower spiritual plane than the saints of Bible times. What was possible for them in the way of suffering and testimony is possible for us also. It is simply a question of faith in God.
Some may wonder why neither Elijah nor Elisha have a place inHeb 11:1-40. The reason is that “Hebrews” is a wilderness epistle and it contemplates the saints as pilgrims ever on the move towards the rest of God. Thus the writer traces the working of faith in various individuals until Israel eat red the land. Then he ceases to particularize, for the Spirit’s end had been attained.
The Lord grant that these meditations upon Elisha the prophet may yield spiritual profit to many.
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