A DOUBLE PORTION
TEXT: 2 KINGS 2:9-10
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.”
In the Old Testament the Nation of Israel rebelled against Jehovah God on a continual basis. During a great time of apostasy God raised up the prophet Elijah and his assistant Elisha. God revealed to Elijah that He would take him home and soon Elisha would be in charge of the ministry. God came down in a chariot of fire, and Elisha ascended to heaven. Before Elijah’s ascension he said he would grant one request for Elisha. With a blank check before him Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit to be upon him. He had seen his master do many miracles, and he wanted a double portion of this Spirit on him too. He could have asked for several things, but he asked for a double portion. Elijah said it would happen if Elisha saw him ascend into heaven. If he did not see this event the request would not be granted. Well he saw the event, and actually the Bible records that he performed twice as many miracles. God, in these verses, is setting a pattern for all of us to receive a double portion. The first key to this double portion is found in the first words of our text; “When they had crossed”. What did they cross? The River Jordan. The Jordan River is a picture of death in the scriptures. So first of all, a death must occur. We do not die physically, but we die to self and all of its desires. Paul said he was “crucified with Christ” and we too must die. We must cross the Jordan by dying to self. The second key is a key of devotion. Elijah said you must see me till the very end. In other words, he had to be completely devoted to Elijah. So we must not only die, but we must be completely devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. The third key is the key of discernment. This double portion was not for Elisha to feel good or be super happy in the Lord. No, no, it was to further the kingdom of God. God will not give us a double portion to make us feel good. In fact, the double portion is not even for us. It is to carry out the ministry of the Spirit in this world to bring men and women into the Kingdom. The fourth key is a deliberate waiting period. God will give the portion is His time and in His way. Fast forward some 2,000 years. The apostles experienced a death as they left everything to follow Jesus. The left all and had nowhere else to go. They were also devoted to the Lord, and saw Jesus Christ ascend into heaven. Jesus said they would receive power when the Holy Ghost came(Acts 1:8). The deliberate waiting time would soon be over. On the Day of Pentecost a mighty rushing wind came and the double portion was given to the apostles as they turned the world upside down with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The path to the double portion was not easy as most of the apostles were martyred for their faith. Today the same principles apply. There must be a death to self which might be the hardest part. There must be a one hundred percent devotion to Jesus Christ. There must also be discernment on our part. The double portion might cost your job, your family, finances etc. This double portion might even bring about your own death. There must be much discernment before asking for this. Beware! There is a great price to pay!
A double portion, Lord this is my plea. As You gave it to Elisha please give it to me!