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Elijah and Elisha: A Double Portion of Thy Spirit

Immediately prior to the time Elijah was caught up to heaven in the whirlwind, his younger understudy Elisha requested a double portion of Elijah's spirit (2Kings 2:9). When Elisha asked to receive a "double portion" of Elijah's spirit, he was not seeking a ministry twice as great as his master's. Elijah, being under the inspiration of God, left the gift Elisha requested in God's hands. Then he replied and said, "You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so." (2Kings 2:10) Elisha sees Elijah being taken up by the chariots of God at the Jordan River and God fulfills the request — Elijah received the "double portion," the power and authority of his master. It is ironic that Elijah performs 14 works of God while Elisha is given 28!! Elisha went on to accomplish greater works of God than his master Elijah by performing exactly double the miracles his master performed in the name of God.

Elijah's 14 Miracles:

1. Causing the rain the cease for 3 1/2 years – 1Kings 17:1

2. Being fed by the ravens – 1Kings 17:4

3. Miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil – 1Kings 17:14

4. Resurrection of the widow's son – 1Kings 17:22

5. Calling of fire from heaven on the altar – 1Kings 18:38

6. Causing it to rain – 1Kings 18:45

7. Prophecy that Ahab's sons would all be destroyed – 1Kings 21:22

8. Prophecy that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs – 1Kings 21:23

9. Prophecy that Ahaziah would die of his illness – 2Kings 1:4

10. Calling fire from heaven upon the first 50 soldiers – 2Kings 1:10

11. Calling fire from heaven upon the second 50 soldiers – 2Kings 1:11

12. Parting of the Jordan – 2Kings 2:8

13. Prophecy that Elisha should have a double portion of his spirit – 2Kings 2:10

14. Being caught up to heaven in a whirlwind – 2Kings 2:11


Elisha's 28 Miracles:

1. Parting of the Jordan River – 2Kings 2:14

2. Healing of the waters – 2Kings 2: 21

3. Curses attackers who are then savaged by two she bears – 2Kings 2: 23-25

4. Filling of the valley with water – 2Kings 3: 17

5. Deception of the Moabites with the valley of blood – 2Kings 3: 22

6. Miracle of the vessels of oil – 2Kings 4: 4

7. Prophecy that the Shunammite woman would have a son – 2Kings 4:16

8. Resurrection of the Shunammite's son – 2Kings 4:34

9. Healing of the gourds – 2Kings 4:41

10. Miracle of the bread – 2Kings 4: 43

11. Healing of Naaman – 2Kings 5:14

12. Perception of Gehazi's transgression – 2Kings 5:26

13. Cursing Gehazi with leprosy – 2Kings 5: 27

14. Predicted the end of a famine – 2Kings 6: 6

15. Prophecy of the Syrian battle plans – 2Kings 6:9

16. Vision of the chariots – 2Kings 6:17

17. Smiting the Syrian army with blindness – 2Kings 6:18

18. Restoring the sight of the Syrian army – 2Kings 6:20

19. Prophecy of the end of the great famine – 2Kings 7:1

20. Prophecy that the scoffing nobleman would see, but not partake of the abundance – 2Kings 7:2

21. Deception of the Syrians with the sound of chariots – 2Kings 7:6

22. Prophecy of the seven-year famine – 2Kings 8:1

23. Prophecy of Ben-ha-dad's untimely death – 2Kings 8:10

24. Prophecy of Hazael's cruelty to Israel – 2Kings 8:12

25. Prophecy that Jehu would smite the house of Ahab – 2Kings 9:7

26. Prophecy that Joash would smite the Syrians at Aphek – 2Kings 13:17

27. Prophecy that Joash would smite Syria thrice but not consume it – 2Kings 13:19

28. Resurrection of the man touched by his bones – 2Kings 13:21

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