The Legacy Of A Double Portion

Read: 2Kings 1:1-2:25, Acts 13:42-14:7, Psalm 139:1-24, Proverbs 17:19-21

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said. (2 Kings 2:9-10)

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Relate: A portion of Elijah’s spirit is not like mashed potatoes. I’ve got a plate at Thanksgiving and someone scoops a portion of mashed potatoes on it. My brother Jordan loves potatoes so much he says, “I want a double portion” so they give him two scoops. Elijah had a portion of the spirit, Elisha asked for and received twice as much. No. That’s not a double portion.

A double portion goes more like this: I am the second of eight kids in my family, the oldest of the four boys. Had we been born in ancient Hebrew times, when my father died I would have received the double portion. The land and inheritance would have been divided up five ways, my three younger brothers would have each received one fifth and I would have received two fifths, or two portions of the inheritance. More than that, I would now step into his role as patriarch for my family, the family name would rest on my shoulders. I would become the inheritor or successor of all that my father was. In being more loose with the literal translating, the NLT was able to better underscore the cultural understanding when it translates verse nine: And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”

React: Elijah responded, “You have asked a hard thing.” Not necessarily a hard thing to grant, but a hard thing to live up to. Elijah’s life was not an easy one. His task and his calling were tough. But Elisha knew this. He knew what would be asked of him as successor because he had faithfully served in the background. For years Elisha has been faithfully following his mentor. In all that time, this is everything we have recorded of what he has said to Elijah:
First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you.
As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.
As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.
As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.

How faithfully am I willing to serve another? Moses with Joshua, Eli with Samuel, Elijah with Elisha, Jesus with Peter, Paul with Timothy, time and again we see the vital importance of investing that double portion. We see the role of master to servant, mentor to student used to carry on the will and purpose of God from one generation to the next. The key to successfully continuing a legacy of faith can be summed up in these two questions: “Who is my mentor?” and “Who am I mentoring?”

Respond: 

God, help me to understand that living for my generation is not enough. There is much I have to learn from those that have gone before and much I have to teach to those that come behind. Help me to be a diligent follower and student of those who have gone before that I might be ready to inherit that double portion when it is time to pass the mantle. Help me in turn to find those that I might invest in so what You are doing in my time will not be lost by those who follow. Let Your name be praised through all generations.

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18 comments

  1. Wonderful….always a worthy read.

  2. Double portion – yes!

  3. Elisha said, “Bring me a new bowl with salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, “This is what the Lord says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility.[c]” 22 And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said. Once we receive a portion of the Holy Spirit, we should expect that He will perform miracles. That faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed is all it takes to unleash the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Reblogged this on shaynroby and commented:
    Elisha said, “Bring me a new bowl with salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the spring that supplied the town with water and threw the salt into it. And he said, “This is what the Lord says: I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or infertility.[c]” 22 And the water has remained pure ever since, just as Elisha said. Once we receive a portion of the Holy Spirit, we should expect that He will perform miracles. That faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed is all it takes to unleash the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit.

  5. Reblogged this on maryhallrayford and commented:
    Something to think about before we ask!

  6. Jesus demonstrated this when He washed the disciples’ feet, showing them that serving is so important.

  7. Great! Thanks for sharing

  8. Oh, to have the faith and comitment of Elisha… great post, one of my favorite Bible accounts. DAF

  9. Reblogged this on RG's 2 Cents and commented:
    A wonderful perspective on a double portion of The Spirit.

  10. I liked the way you explained the portions. Also, the way you included the generations before you and the ones that follow you in your prayer. I believe in mentoring or Christian mentoring you are giving to the next generation. I also believe you will fill your own cup, so to speak, by feeling worthy and needed. Such nice ways you have of leading us to follow Christ. Thank you very much and God bless you!

  11. Thank you for this post. It is a real blessing.

  12. Excellent explanation!

  13. Reblogged this on Crys's Blog and commented:
    Are you investing in others? How about your children? How much do they know about the path God is taking you down? The world says theyre too young to understand, but God tells us to become more like them in order to come into the Kingdom. Spend a day discipling your kids, then let them teach you. Youll be amazed how simple it all is.

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