Although this book carries as its title the name of Elisha, it does not concentrate on this prophet only, but it sets out to describe the work done by the covenant God in the days of Elisha.
This prophet had to announce the blessing and the curse of God's covenant in the situation of his own times. God's Word needed to be accepted. Woe unto them who were unwilling to do so, however, a faithful remnant was comforted and encouraged.
Today also this is God's way: Everything happens according to the Word of the LORD. We have been put under the authority of His Word. This is something great indeed, because from God's side the covenant means certainty, security. The guarantee lies in Him, in His eternal counsel and will concerning our redemption in Christ the Saviour, which is being fulfilled. At the same time it is a very serious thing, for God's covenant requires of us that we keep His Word and really live in this relationship.
The present days are packed with all kinds of denials of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. One of the consequences is that by many people the LORD is no longer acknowledged as the God of the covenant and that the real fear of the LORD is lost.
This book may be helpful in keeping us with God's Word, in teaching us the riches and the responsibilities of being children of the covenant.
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