This is my review of the book Elisha Man of Mission, Man of Miracles by John Cheeseman, which I have read recently. This is a new book only being published this year, and interestingly has some very powerful comparisons with life in ninth century BC Israel with our times today.
Elisha sometimes has the tendency to be dwarfed by his great predecessor and mentor, Elijah. Elisha prophesied in Israel during the ninth century BC, and is associated with healing and restoration rather than judgement. He was a shining light amid the darkness of idolatry and unbelief that prevailed at the time.
Though it is quite a short book the 18 chapters are packed with useful insight, looking at the context in the Old Testament, relevant parts of the new Testament, and our current world nowadays. The book covers the whole of Elisha's time as a prophet.
The really good thing is that John accepts the God Inspired miracles, as miracles and does not try to reduce them to our level. I remember a RE teacher from my youth spending ages explaining how Elisha was doing CPR on the son of the Shunemite woman. (2 Kings 4 v34) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+4%3A34&version=MSG
when in fact it would have been much easier just to recognise that it was a miracle.
Each chapter looks at one or more of the miracles and explores the context and meaning for us today behind each miracle. John then urges us to follow Elisha's example if we wish to be witnessess for the lord in our generation.
This is a very readable inspiring book and one we will probably use as a basis for our home-group studies on Elisha later on this year. I am looking forward to reading some of the other DayOne publications looking at other characters in the Bible.
This was book 42 week 34 fiction 36 (audio books 6) non fiction 4
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