2 kings 6:1-3, And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” So he answered, “Go.” Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” The place where we dwell with you is too small for us: This indicates that at this time Elisha had a significant impact on the nation. The old facility for housing the sons of the prophets was not large enough to meet the needs of all those who wanted to be trained in ministry. Elisha and the prophets do all these expecting a positive change from the Lord as they were determined in building the house of God. We also see Elisha, as a man of God under the direction of God and with the Word of God moving on into the land (Bethel) to minister to the people. They were a people living in idolatry and badly in need of the Word. “Bethel” means “house of God” or “place of God.” This name spoke of worship and fellowship with God. There was also a school of the prophets in Bethel, but in spite of this the city was now idolatrous and anything but a center of worship. Hosea, who ministered after Elisha, called this city Bethaven “house of wickedness” a name of shame Hosea 4:15, 5:8, 10:5. It was so called by Hosea because of the idolatrous worship Jeroboam had established in order to effect a complete separation between Israel and Judah. Out of his greed for power and his fear that if Israel went back to Jerusalem to worship, he established two new places of worship in the north with golden calves as the symbol of worship: one at Bethel and the other at Dan. This was of course in complete disobedience to the directives of the Old Testament Scripture. Bethel needed the Word to show them their sin and to bring them back to the Lord. This was their only hope and Satan was active to stop it. Elisha was undoubtedly able to minister to the needs of certain ones there (the remnant), but the city as a whole never really turned to the Lord and His Word. Satan was well entrenched there. This is another fact we sometimes have to face. And when this is the case we may need to simply move on as Elisha. Even though Elisha was going to Bethel to bless, there is a large crowd of false prophets that had been sent to oppose and stop Elisha from entering the city. Elisha was God’s man with God’s message and Elisha was simply an instrument of God 2Thessalonians 5:12, 13. When these false prophets were coming to attack Elisha, he did not turn and run away, he did not argue with them or run after them Mathew 7:6, He did not compromise his message, he was not acting or reacting out of self love or anxiety or self-defense from the standpoint of his ego or pride, he did not complain to the Lord or want to throw in the towel but he simply ignored their words, actions, and attitudes.
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