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29 Old Testament He Took up the Mantle of Elijah


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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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29 Old Testament He Took up the Mantle of Elijah

  1. 1. “He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah” <br />Lesson 29: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 139<br />1<br />
  2. 2. PURPOSE<br /><ul><li>To UNDERSTAND the Authority (Mantle) passes from one Prophet to another,
  3. 3. To ENCOURAGE to Obey the Words of the Prophets,
  4. 4. To ASSURE that the Power of God is Greater than any other power. </li></ul>2<br />
  5. 5. Elisha Succeeds Elijah as the Prophet<br />3<br />
  6. 6. President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: <br />“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,<br />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). <br />4<br />
  7. 7. 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: <br />“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. <br />“[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.<br />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). <br />5<br />
  8. 8. 13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; <br />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. <br />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)<br />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. <br />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. <br />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) <br />Mantle of the Lord<br />6<br />
  9. 9. 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. <br />  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. <br />  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? <br />Follow the Counsel of the Prophet the First Time we HEAR IT<br />7<br />
  10. 10. 2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy.<br />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?” <br />8<br />
  11. 11. 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.<br />9<br />
  12. 12. 2. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy.<br />After recounting the story of Naaman, <br />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”<br />10<br />
  13. 13. Elisha <br />Refuses to Accept a Reward<br />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. <br />  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) <br />11<br />
  14. 14. Elisha guides Israel in a war with Syria<br />2 Kings 6<br />Horses and chariots of fire protect Elisha<br />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? <br />  16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. <br />  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. <br />12<br />
  15. 15. 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”. <br />“ 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<br />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”.<br />13<br />
  16. 16. And Elisha prayed,<br /> and said, <br />Lord,<br /> I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. <br />(2 Kings 6:17)<br />What can we do to open our eyes more fully to the power of God in our own lives and in the world? <br />14<br />
  17. 17. The President of the Church is a Prophet of God<br />Sustain New Church Leaders and Follow the Counsel of the Prophets<br />15<br />
  18. 18. The Power of God<br />is Greater Than Any Other Power<br />16<br />