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Why You Don’t Need a Double Portion from God


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Why is it that the follow-up to a great man in the Bible is often not so great on closer inspections? In particular I’m looking at Elisha, the follow-up prophet to Elijah.

This morning I read about Elisha the prophet and he did this:

2 Kings 2:23-25
King James Version
23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

This happened right after Elijah was taken to Heaven in a whirlwind, and Elisha got what he wanted- a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. I had to read it twice because it seems so shocking to me. Elisha got upset that little kids were mocking his bald head that he cursed them and called forth 2 she bears to rip 42 of the kids apart. What is going on here???
So I started to look into Elisha. The main question I have about him is why he wanted a double portion. Why do we want a “double portion”? Look at everything Elijah did. He did that with just the anointing in a single serving. Could it be that when we say we want a double portion, we are saying that the anointing is not enough? Could it be that the desire for a double portion is actually the same desire for something more than what God has prepared for you, that got Eve and then Adam into trouble? Is this slight of hand? Is this the enemy playing exactly the same trick he played with Eve when he convinced her that the Garden and its trees were not enough? She needed a double portion, more knowledge, more more more. Then she looked at the forbidden fruit and it changed in her eyes. Before, she perceived it (rightly) as poisonous and heinous, not to be touched. After being convinced by the serpent that she needed a “double portion” the fruit looked like it was good for food. And she ate it. The rest is history.
The other interesting this was about Elisha’s Call. He was ploughing and then left everything to follow Elijah…but he went and said bye to his folks first and threw a party. Jesus said that if put your hand to the plough and you look back when called, you’re not fit for the Kingdom. He said this to someone who wanted to go and say bye to his folks after Jesus called him:

Luke 9: 57- 62

57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Food for thought.
Here is a testimony from a fake pastor which should make you understand the lengths people will go to “to get a double portion”. They often overlook that it is God’s gifts and He’s the one who decides who becomes a pastor or a prophet or any of the other offices in the 5-fold ministry.

Then there’s David followed by Solomon…

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