Here we find one of the most fascinating and exciting portions of 2 Kings. We finished the story of Elijah in 2 Kings 2. Elijah was gone, but his ministry wasn’t. It continued, particularly through the life of his successor, Elisha.
But Elisha reminds us of more than just his mentor. As the privileged readers of the Old and New Testaments, we also see that Elisha foreshadowed the ministry of Jesus. Elisha’s ministry was a Messiah-like ministry. In fact, Elisha’s ministry was closer to the ministry of Jesus than Elijah’s in some ways, especially in the degree of compassion that he demonstrated. Like Jesus, Elisha had compassion on those in need: a widow, a barren woman, a dead son, a hungry multitude, a leper, and those in difficulty (4:1–6:7).
How do the people of God need to balance tender pastoral care with strong prophetic traits today?