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Lesson 29: “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”, Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 139

Lesson 29: “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”, Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 139

2 Kings 2; 5–6

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  • The prophet Elijah wore a mantle. We do not know exactly what the mantle looked like, but it apparently was a cloak made of cloth. The passing of the mantle from Elijah to Elisha symbolized the passing of prophetic authority to Elisha. In modern times we sometimes speak of the “mantle” of authority that the prophet receives when he is ordained and set apart. Although the prophet today does not carry a cloak or piece of cloth, God bestows the keys of the priesthood on him. These keys give him the power to act in God’s name as the leader of the Church on the earth. When a prophet dies, this mantle of authority is given to the new prophet.
  • Lesson 29: “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”, Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 1392 Kings 2; 5–6Purpose To help class members understand how the authority (mantle) passes from one prophet to another, to encourage them to obey the words of the prophets, and to assure them that the power of God is greater than any other power.
  • 1. Elisha succeeds Elijah as the prophet. • What relationship existed between Elijah and Elisha? (See 2 Kings 2:2–10.) CHAPTER 2Elisha and the prophets know Elijah is to be translated—Elijah divides waters of Jordan, and is taken up into heaven in a whirlwind—Mantle of Elijah falls on Elisha, who also divides waters of Jordan2 And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth-el. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el.   3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.   4 And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.   5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.   6 And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.   7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.   8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.   9 ¶ And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.   10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. *Why do you think Elisha was so intent on staying with Elijah? *What did Elisha do after Elijah was taken up into heaven? (See 2 Kings 2:11–13.) 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.   12 ¶ And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.   13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
  • • Who has the mantle of the prophet today? (The current President of the Church.) *How is this mantle transferred when the prophet dies? President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “There is no mystery about the choosing of the successor to the President of the Church. The Lord settled this a long time ago, and the senior apostle automatically becomes the presiding officer of the Church, and he is so sustained by the Council of the Twelve which becomes the presiding body of the Church when there is no First Presidency. The president is not elected, but he has to be sustained both by his brethren of the Council and by the members of the Church” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 3:156).
  • President Gordon B. Hinckley explained how this procedure was followed when he was ordained and set apart as the prophet and President of the Church following the death of President Howard W. Hunter: “With President Hunter’s passing, the First Presidency was dissolved. Brother Monson and I, who had served as his counselors, took our places in the Quorum of the Twelve, which became the presiding authority of the Church. “[A few days later] all of the living ordained Apostles gathered in a spirit of fasting and prayer in the upper room of the temple. Here we sang a sacred hymn and prayed together. We partook of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, renewing in that sacred, symbolic testament our covenants and our relationship with Him who is our divine Redeemer. The Presidency was then reorganized, following a precedent well established through generations of the past [this precedent is explained in the preceding statement by President Joseph Fielding Smith]. There was no campaigning, no contest, no ambition for office. It was quiet, peaceful, simple, and sacred. It was done after the pattern which the Lord Himself had put in place” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 92; or Ensign, May 1995, 69). As He did anciently, the Savior has given the keys of the priesthood to each of the latter-day Apostles. However, only the President of the Church, who is the senior living Apostle, may use these keys (or authorize others to use them) on behalf of the entire Church (see D&C 132:7). 7 And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this law are these: All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not made and entered into and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment through the medium of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold this power (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred), are of no efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not made unto this end have an end when men are dead.
  • • How did the people respond when they saw Elisha duplicate Elijah’s miracle of parting the waters of Jordan? (See 2 Kings 2:14–15.) Ch.2 --Mantle of Elijah falls on Elisha, who also divides waters of Jordan—Elisha heals waters of Jericho 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;   14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.   15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. *Why is it important that we immediately accept and sustain a newly ordained President of the Church? (See D&C 43:2–3, 7.) Revelations and commandments come only through the one appointed…. 2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.   3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me. 7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.
  • • Soon after Elijah had been taken into heaven, the people wanted to send 50 strong men to look for him. What did Elisha tell the people? (See 2 Kings 2:16.) 16 ¶ And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send. *How did the people respond to Elisha’s answer? (See 2 Kings 2:17. They pleaded with Elisha until he permitted the men to go.) 17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not. • What did Elisha say to the people when the 50 men came back without finding Elijah? (See 2 Kings 2:18.) 18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not? *What can we learn from the experience of the 50 men? (We should follow the counsel of the prophet the first time we hear it.) *Why do we sometimes wait for prophets to repeat counsel before we follow it? *What counsel have Church leaders given us in recent years? *How have you been blessed as you have followed this counsel?
  • 2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy. • Who was Naaman, and what was his affliction? (See 2 Kings 5:1.) Ch 5 --Naaman, the Syrian, comes to Elisha to be healed of leprosy—1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. *Why did he go to Elisha? (See 2 Kings 5:2–9.) 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.   3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.   4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.   5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.   6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.   7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.   8 ¶ And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.   9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. *What did Elisha’s messenger tell Naaman to do to be healed? (See 2 Kings 5:10.)  10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. *Why, at first, did Naaman refuse to follow Elisha’s instructions? (See 2 Kings 5:11–12.) --Naaman rejects the prophet’s instruction, -- 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.   12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. • How did Naaman’s servants convince him to do what Elisha had told him to do? (See 2 Kings 5:13.) 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? *What happened after Naaman dipped himself seven times in the Jordan River? (See 2 Kings 5:14.) --but relents and dips himself in Jordan seven times; he is healed— 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. • What can the story of Naaman teach us about following the counsel of the prophet—even when we may not like or understand it or when it may be about small and simple matters? *What are some of the small, simple things we have been asked to do by the prophet or other Church leaders? *Why are these things sometimes hard to do? *How can we increase our willingness to follow the counsel of Church leaders? Elder Rex D. Pinegar asked, “Are we not sometimes like Naaman, looking for big or important things to do and bypassing simple things which could change our lives and heal us of our afflictions?” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 106; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 80).
  • Elisha’s miracles Elisha performed many great miracles, showing compassion for the people and giving further evidence that he was Elijah’s authorized successor. He parted the waters of Jordan, healed the waters of Jericho, multiplied a widow’s oil, raised a boy from the dead, healed people who had been poisoned, fed the hungry, healed Naaman’s leprosy, caused an ax to float, and guided kings in war. You may want to review some of these miracles from 2 Kings 2–6. • Do you think that miracles occur in our day to the same extent that they occurred in Elisha’s? *What are the dangers of looking only for the spectacular miracles? *What seemingly small miracles occur in our lives?
  • After recounting the story of Naaman, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The way of the gospel is a simple way. Some of the requirements may appear to you as elementary and unnecessary. Do not spurn them. Humble yourselves and walk in obedience. I promise that the results that follow will be marvelous to behold and satisfying to experience” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1976, 143; or Ensign, Nov. 1976, 96).
  • • What did Naaman learn from his healing? (See 2 Kings 5:15.) --Elisha refuses to accept a reward-- 15 ¶ And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. *How has obedience in simple things strengthened your testimony? • What did Naaman try to give Elisha after being healed? (See 2 Kings 5:15.) *Why do you think Elisha refused Naaman’s offer?  16 But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. *Why is it important to serve without concern for earthly rewards?
  • 3. Elisha guides Israel in a war with Syria. • How did Elisha help the king of Israel in the war against Syria? (See 2 Kings 6:8–10.) --Elishareveals to the king how to conduct a war with Syria—8 ¶ Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.   9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.   10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. What did the king of Syria do when he learned what Elisha was doing? (See 2 Kings 6:11–14.)   11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?   12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.   13 ¶ And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.   14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. • How did Elisha’s servant respond when he saw the Syrian horses and chariots surrounding the city? (See 2 Kings 6:15.) 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? *How did Elisha respond? (See 2 Kings 6:16.) 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.What did Elisha mean when he told his servant, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them”? (2 Kings 6:16). *How have you seen that Elisha’s statement is still true today?
  • • What modern-day circumstances might lead some of us to believe that we are helpless against the evils of the world? *How can the confidence that “they that be with us are more than they that be with them” help us as we battle against these evils? Elder Dallin H. Oaks said: “When I read this wonderful story as a boy, I always identified with the young servant of Elisha. I thought, If I am ever surrounded by the forces of evil while I am in the Lord’s service, I hope the Lord will open my eyes and give me faith to understand that when we are in the work of the Lord, those who are with us are always more powerful than those who oppose us” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 54; or Ensign, Nov. 1992, 39). • How can the confidence that “they that be with us are more than they that be with them” help us as we take the gospel to all people? (See D&C 84:87–88.) 87 Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.   88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “We have not as yet carried the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But we have made great strides. We have gone wherever we are permitted to go. God is at the helm, and doors will be opened by His power according to His divine will. Of that I am confident. Of that I am certain” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 93; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 70–71).
  • • What was Elisha’s prayer in his servant’s behalf? (See 2 Kings 6:17.) 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. *Why, at first, didn’t the servant see the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire that God had sent? *What can we do to open our eyes more fully to the power of God in our own lives and in the world?
  • Conclusion Testify that the President of the Church is a prophet of God. Encourage class members to sustain new Church leaders and to follow the counsel of the prophets.
  • Testify that the power of God is greater than any other power.

29 Old Testament He Took up the Mantle of Elijah 29 Old Testament He Took up the Mantle of Elijah Presentation Transcript

  • “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah”
    Lesson 29: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 139
    1
  • PURPOSE
    • To UNDERSTAND the Authority (Mantle) passes from one Prophet to another,
    • To ENCOURAGE to Obey the Words of the Prophets,
    • To ASSURE that the Power of God is Greater than any other power.
    2
  • Elisha Succeeds Elijah as the Prophet
    3
  • President Joseph Fielding Smith explained:
    “There is no mystery about the choosing of the successor to the President of the Church. The Lord settled this a long time ago, and the senior apostle automatically becomes the presiding officer of the Church,
    and he is so sustained by the Council of the Twelve which becomes the presiding body of the Church when there is no First Presidency. The president is not elected, but he has to be sustained both by his brethren of the Council and by the members of the Church” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 3:156).
    4
  • President Gordon B. Hinckley explained how this procedure was followed when he was ordained and set apart as the prophet and President of the Church following the death of President Howard W. Hunter:
    “With President Hunter’s passing, the First Presidency was dissolved. Brother Monson and I, who had served as his counselors, took our places in the Quorum of the Twelve, which became the presiding authority of the Church.
    “[A few days later] all of the living ordained Apostles gathered in a spirit of fasting and prayer in the upper room of the temple. Here we sang a sacred hymn and prayed together. We partook of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, renewing in that sacred, symbolic testament our covenants and our relationship with Him who is our divine Redeemer.
    The Presidency was then reorganized, following a precedent well established through generations of the past [this precedent is explained in the preceding statement by President Joseph Fielding Smith]. There was no campaigning, no contest, no ambition for office. It was quiet, peaceful, simple, and sacred. It was done after the pattern which the Lord Himself had put in place” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 92; or Ensign, May 1995, 69).
    5
  • 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
    14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
    15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.(2 Kings 2:13–15)
    2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.
    3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.
    7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed. (D&C 43:2–3, 7)
    Mantle of the Lord
    6
  • 2 Kings 2:16 ¶ And they said unto him, Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall not send.
      17 And when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.
      18 And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?
    Follow the Counsel of the Prophet the First Time we HEAR IT
    7
  • 2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy.
    Elder Rex D. Pinegar asked, “Are we not sometimes like Naaman, looking for big or important things to do and bypassing simple things which could change our lives and heal us of our afflictions?”
    8
  • Elisha parted the waters of Jordan, healed the waters of Jericho, multiplied a widow’s oil, raised a boy from the dead, healed people who had been poisoned, fed the hungry, healed Naaman’s leprosy, caused an ax to float, and guided kings in war.
    9
  • 2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy.
    After recounting the story of Naaman,
    Elder Gordon B. Hinckley said: “The way of the gospel is a simple way. Some of the requirements may appear to you as elementary and unnecessary. Do not spurn them. Humble yourselves and walk in obedience. I promise that the results that follow will be marvelous to behold and satisfying to experience”
    10
  • Elisha
    Refuses to Accept a Reward
    15 ¶ And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
      16 But he said, As the Lord liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. (2 Kings 5:15-16)
    11
  • Elisha guides Israel in a war with Syria
    2 Kings 6
    Horses and chariots of fire protect Elisha
    15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
      16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
      17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
    12
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks said: “When I read this wonderful story as a boy, I always identified with the young servant of Elisha. I thought, If I am ever surrounded by the forces of evil while I am in the Lord’s service, I hope the Lord will open my eyes and give me faith to understand that when we are in the work of the Lord, those who are with us are always more powerful than those who oppose us”.
    “ There I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”D&C 84:87-88
    President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “We have not as yet carried the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But we have made great strides. We have gone wherever we are permitted to go. God is at the helm, and doors will be opened by His power according to His divine will. Of that I am confident. Of that I am certain”.
    13
  • And Elisha prayed,
    and said,
    Lord,
    I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.
    (2 Kings 6:17)
    What can we do to open our eyes more fully to the power of God in our own lives and in the world?
    14
  • The President of the Church is a Prophet of God
    Sustain New Church Leaders and Follow the Counsel of the Prophets
    15
  • The Power of God
    is Greater Than Any Other Power
    16