Who was Elisha?
Elisha was the prophet Elijah’s helper. He was chosen by God to help him while the Lord spoke to Elijah on Mount Horeb. (1 Kings 19.16)
When Elijah found Elisha, he didn’t have to say or promise anything, he simply threw his mantle on him. (1 Kings 19.19)
Elisha only asked to say goodbye to his parents, because he knew that he would have a life of sacrifice from that moment on. Those who choose to serve the Lord must be aware that they are choosing to live a life of surrender and sacrifice.
Elisha’s sacrifice began there, leaving his family and oxen. (1 Kings 19.20-21)
There were no obstacles for Elisha, even if Elijah said, “Stay here, you don’t have to come with me…,” he didn’t leave his side, because serving was not a weight on Elisha, it was a pleasure. He wanted to learn from his master. As proof of this, when Elijah said, “Ask! What may I do for you,” Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. (2 Kings 2.9-15)
Because he was faithful, Elisha was blessed and became the reference of a faithful servant.
Who was Gehazi?
The Bible does not mention when Gehazi began helping Elisha, but it mentions several situations that reveal who Gehazi was and what was inside him.
The first situation happened with the Shunammite woman, when she was looking for the prophet Elijah’s help, because her son had died. Elisha told Gehazi to go to the boy and lay his staff on the child’s face. Gehazi did what was asked, but nothing happened. (2 Kings 4.29-31)
On another occasion, a man brought Elisha twenty loaves of bread and newly ripened grain to feed one hundred men. He asked Gehazi to distribute it among the people. However, he questioned him, claiming it wasn’t enough for that many people. But Elisha said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left over’. “And so it happened. (2 Kings 4.42-44)
On yet another occasion, something occurred during the healing of Naaman. After being delivered from leprosy, he wanted to thank the prophet by giving him gifts, but Elisha refused. However, when Naaman left, Gehazi ran to meet him and lied, saying that Elisha asked him to help two young men. (2 Kings 5.21-23)
Doesn’t it seem like he was trying to deceive Naaman, referring to himself and the prophet?
Nowadays, aren’t many doing the same thing? This continues to be a lie!
But it’s not over yet! When he returned, Elisha found Gehazi and asked where he was coming from, and he lied saying that he hadn’t gone anywhere. So without Gehazi saying anything else, Elisha revealed that he knew about everything and determined that the leprosy of Naaman should cling to Gehazi and all his descendants. (2 Kings 5.15-27)
We must take these two examples and evaluate ourselves to consider what kind of servants we have been. Have we been like Elisha or Gehazi?
Our life is the result of our choices, Elisha made his, Elijah made his. What kind of offering will you present, one like Elijah or Gehazi, the servant of Elisha?
Collaborated by: Pastor Marcos Tercio