Lets start off by looking at Scripture:
1KI 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother good-by," he said, "and then I will come with you."
"Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?"
1KI 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
Let me put down some seed thoughts to get your mind whizzing:
- God had chosen Elisha. Does this mean that even if Elisha wanted to run from this calling that he couldn't (Consider Jonah)?
- What happened under the cloak? Have you had an experience like this?
- Elisha was a successful hard working man. Why is it that people who really don't want to work and who really don't feel good at anything always think that ministry would be good for them?
- When Elisha ran to Elijah, why did he say, 'What have I done to you?' Was he trying to put Elisha off? Was he testing Elisha's call?
- What was the significance of Elisha sacrificing the pair of oxen and burning the plowing equipment?
- If Elisha was to be a great prophet... why should he spend his time doing menial attending to Elijah... surely he could have been doing better things that washing his hands and feet, etc?