Elisha was the follower of Elijah. God anointed Elisha to take the place of Elijah after he was fetched to heaven in a chariot of fire. When Elijah asked him what he want, he said he want double portion of his spirit. Elijah replied he will get double portion of his spirit if he see him when he is caught up into the heaven. God has his timing for everything. When Elijah was going to be carried away into heaven, God prepared Elisha to replace him. Elisha used to be a farmer before becoming Elijah’s follower. This shows us that God can use anyone regardless of race, wealth, status in society and etc. If you want God to use you, you must have a willing heart to serve him.
Separating of the water of Jordan
The first miracle that Elisha performed is separating the water of the Jordan River to two sides. Elisha beat Elijah’s coat against the water and it separated into two piles of water, on the left and right, so that he could cross over.
Made the Unclean Water Pure
Elisha healed the unclean water of a town by throwing salt into the spring. The water was poisonous and the land became unproductive because of it. Elisha requested a new bowl with some salt to be brought to him. After he threw the salt into the spring, the water became pure.
Helped King Joram of Israel against the Invasion of the Moabites
King Joram of Israel got King Jehoshaphat of Judah to go with him to attack the Moabites. King Joram wanted to attack the Moabites because they had rebelled against him and did not pay a tribute of 100000 lambs and 100000 rams. When traveling in the Desert of Edom, they ran out of water. Then, King Jehoshaphat suggested inquiring a prophet of the Lord and they found out that Elisha stayed there. Elisha initially refused to help King Joram but he agreed to help afterwards on the account of King Jehoshaphat of Judah.
Elisha predicted that the valley will be filled with water and God will also help them to defeat the Moabites. Everything happened as Elisha prophesied. In the morning, the valley was filled with water. The Moabites thought it was blood and that the Israelite had died so they went forward to plunder. The Israelite rose up to attack and defeat them.
Helped a Widow to Pay Her Debt with Olive Oil
Elisha helped a widow whose dead husband owed a large amount of debt and she did not have any money to pay them. All the widow has is a small jar of olive oil. Elisha instructed the widow to find jars and fill them with olive oil from the small jar. The widow filled many jars with olive oil and sell them to pay the debt. She and her sons live on what was left after paying the debt.
Raised the Shunnamite’s Son from the Dead
Elisha gave a Shunammite a son because he was nice to him and prepare a room upstairs for him whenever he comes to Shunem. In time, the boy grew sick and died. Elisha raised the boy from the dead. He stretched himself out on him and the boy grew warm. After that, he walked back and forth in the room. Finally, he stretched out on him again. The boy became alive and opened his eyes after sneezing 7 times.
Cure a Pot of Poisonous Stew
Elisha cure a pot of stew that is contamined by a wild vine one of the prophets had plucked and put in to cook. Elisha instructed that some flour be brought to him. After the flour was brought to him, he put them into the pot and stew is fit for eating.
Feed 100 people
Elisha fed 100 people with 20 loaves of barley bread a man from Baal Shalishah brought him. The people ate and there were left overs.
Heal Naaman’s Leprosy
Elisha healed Naaman’s leprosy by instructing him to bathe in the water of Jordan 7 times. Naaman at first refused to wash in the Jordan water because it is dirty. He later agreed after his servants persuaded him. Naaman’s leprosy was cured as soon as Elisha immersed himself in the water for 7 times.
Make an Axe Float
Elisha made an axe head float by throwing a stick on the spot where the man who lost his axe told him. The axe head floated above the water after Elisha threw the stick on it and the man reached out to retrieve it.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)
I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. (Ecclesiastes 3:17 KJV)
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. (Ecclesiastes 8:6 KJV)
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV)