Who was Elisha in the Bible?

lisha was a prophet in Israel, successor to Elijah. He was Elijah’s assistant and saw him taken to Heaven. Elisha performed many miracles throughout his life.

The call of Elisha

Elisha was plowing the field when Elijah called him to be his successor. He went home, warned his parents, and invited the people to a special meal. Then he left his home and followed Elias, working as his assistant.

Also read: who was Elijah in the Bible?

When Elijah ascended to Heaven, Elisha insisted on staying with him until the end. Elijah opened the Jordan River with a miracle and they crossed over. Elijah asked Elisha if he wanted a favor and he asked to be the heir to his prophetic spirit. Elijah was taken away, leaving his cloak. Elisha took Elijah’s robe and opened the Jordan, just as Elijah had done. From then on, Elisha assumed Elijah’s ministry as a prophet.

The miracles of Elisha

  • The purification of the water of Jericho– 2 Kings 2: 19-22
  • The death of some childrenwho made fun of Elisha – 2 Kings 2: 23-24
  • Moab’s defeat– the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom were fighting Moab but were left without water. Elisha prophesied that water would appear and they would defeat the Moabites. God brought water and confused the Moabites, who lost the war – 2 Kings 3: 425
  • The multiplication of oil– a widow could not pay her debts and would lose her children. There was only a little olive oil at home. Elisha ordered her to collect many vessels. The oil multiplied and filled all the vessels. The widow sold the oil and paid her debts – 2 Kings 4: 1-7
  • The son of the Shunammite– Elisha prophesied to a Shunammite woman who was kind to him that she would have a son. She had her son but a few years later he became ill and died. The Shunammite asked for help from Elisha, who prayed to God and the boy was resurrected – 2 Kings 4: 8-37
  • The cleansing of a pot of poisoned food– 2 Kings 4: 38-41
  • The multiplication of twenty loaves, which fed a hundred men – Kings 4: 42-44
  • The cure for Naaman leprosy– see the story of Naaman here
  • The ax that had fallen into the water floated, with the help of Elisha – 2 Kings 6: 1-7
  • The blindness of the Aramean army– when the Arameans were attacking Israel, Elisha revealed his position to the king of Israel. So the Arameans tried to catch Elisha but God blinded them and gave them to the king of Israel – 2 Kings 6: 8-23
  • The prophecy of the end of the siege of Samariaand the victory over the king of Syria – 2 Kings 7: 1-17
  • The prophecy of the death of Ben-hadad, the king of Syria, and that Hazael would be his successor – 2 Kings 8: 7-15
  • The prophecy that Jehu would be the next king of Israeland kill Ahab’s entire family, including Jezebel – 2 Kings 9: 1-13
  • The prophecy of Jehovah’s three victories over the king of Syria– 2 Kings 13: 14-19
  • The resurrection of a manwhen he touched the bones of Elisha (who had already died) – 2 Kings 13: 20-21

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