(2) Beware of demanding gratitude from the young. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Be willing to think that what you were not strong enough to do another may accomplish. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Used by Permission. This has its parallel in Christian history. Do not be intolerant of enthusiasms which once appealed to yourself, and which you reluctantly abandoned. He was to stand before wicked kings and ungodly men as the messenger of God. Let him set himself to understand these differences, and remember that his duty is to increase the good and to combat the evil in the world. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/2-kings-2.html. Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee — trusting either that it would be in his power to bequeath it, or that God, at his entreaty, would grant it. Many, after Ben Gersom, have thought it refers to the double portion of the firstborn, and that Elisha does not mean a double portion with respect to Elijah, but with respect to the junior prophets, with whom he might be considered as a firstborn, and so desired a double or greater portion than they, and which may be most correctF13See Weemse of the Moral Law, l. 2. c. 7. p. 41. ; and when he asked this, he did not suppose it was in Elijah's power to give him it, only that he would pray to God, at parting with him, that he would bestow it on him. 12.; Haydock) he might do it without pride, purely for the glory of God. There are two important principles suggested in this text which demand our attention:--. What do we see here to admire? 2 Kings 2:9, NLT: "When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, 'Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.' "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:9". And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit … Ver. Before I be taken away — The departing Elijah consciously carries with him into heaven the sympathies and memories of earth. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". He believed God. Amongst some we find isolation and querulousness; amongst others, geniality and contentment. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:9". The old complain that the young are ungrateful, arrogant, disrespectful: too often the father complains that he does not understand his son; the son, that he can find no sympathy from his father. While yet he lingers upon me earth he may help and mess his successor. We have privileges surely far greater than Elisha's, but of the same kind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/2-kings-2.html. “Thy spirit.” God’s Spirit: who came upon Samson, Saul, David, Elijah himself (2 Kings 2:16). But still Elijah’s spirit (2 Kings 2:15). Naaman's cleansing in Jordan is a figure of Holy Baptism; the multiplying of the oil is a type of Holy Communion. The world’s responsibilities are proportioned to its means of improvement;--“Unto whomsoever much is given, cf him shall be much required.” The life of a good man adds to the world’s responsibility. Proud member Though Elijah was so great a prophet, yet Elisha had a double portion of his spirit. Double to what the rest of the sons of the prophets may receive at thy request upon this occasion. Think of the millions of Christians in the world to-day. A relationship of some kind there must be; and it concerns us all. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-kings-2.html. The event involves a positive decrease in the amount of means for the world’s improvement. References: 2 Kings 2:9.—J. The following practical hints will enable us to use our influence aright in the most intimate relationships of life, especially in connection with the young. New York. This gave him all his courage. 2 Kings 2:9, NLT: "When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, 'Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.' ‘I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.’ Elisha’s words to his master are a noble expression of the ideal relationship which ought to exist not only between teacher and taught, but between young and old, between the waning and the rising generation. Every one of us is streaming upon his fellows an unconscious influence Our practical question is--What is the best gift any one can yield his fellows? A further power vouchsafed to Elisha was the power of inflicting spiritual censures and judgments. 1. Better than these, we may volitionally give a helping sympathy. where Neptune gave his son Jamus (Greek: Thesauron didumon mantosunas) "the double treasure of divination," p. 50. Double spirit. Some, however, think, that as Elijah had no other successor, upon whom he was to bestow any prophetic gift, but Elisha, there can be no objection to our understanding the expression in the simple sense of a double portion of the prophetic spirit; since it is evident that he did many more miracles than Elijah, and even after his death exerted a divine power, in raising the dead man, ch. Thus its mighty sum of accountability daily augments. A generous interest in friends in the last hour of earthly life. Sublime calmness in the most solemn crisis. This honor and respect, though primarily intended by God to be given to parents, are not limited to them. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:9". Jehu was anointed king over Israel, by the Lord's special choice. “I pray thee let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”, 2. "Commentary on 2 Kings 2:9". 2 Kings 13:21. 9:6-11). On one side of the line there were many scenes on earth dear to memory, many persons precious to his heart, many works that he had wrought, and much that he had left unfinished. iii., pp. A double portion of thy spirit be upon me - This in reference to the law, Deuteronomy 21:17; : He shall acknowledge the first-born, by giving him a Double Portion of all that he hath-the right of the first-born is his. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. So Houbigant. I do not suppose he had the slightest intimation as to the peculiar manner in which he would leave the earth, although his words indicate a premonition that he was not to die in the natural, usual way. Elisha therefore asked for twice as much of Elijah‘s spirit as should be inherited by any other of the “sons of the prophets.” He simply claimed, i. e., to be acknowledged as Elijah‘s firstborn spiritual son. He certainly shone forth with peculiar splendour; and some have enumerated sixteen or twenty-four of his miracles, while they can only find eight (Lyranus) or twelve recorded of Elias. 2. I. But he asks that he might be like Elijah’s first-born, and get the two parts of the inheritance that fell, by the law of Moses, to the first-born son (Deuteronomy 21:17).’, (2) ‘Frequently we find a wall of separation between the old and young.