Elijah was discouraged, stating it
He had even
become suicidal! "But Elijah himself went
a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under
a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die;
and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I
am not better than my fathers." 1st Kings 19:4
Now the Lord did
several things to help the Prophet overcome his depression.
allowed him time to rest, to sleep,
thus relieving his physical exhaustion!
"And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an
angel touched him ...."
He fed Elijah!
Back to 1st Kings 19:5 ... "Behold, then
an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat."
In fact, twice
did God provide resting and eating times for this dear wearied
Man of God.
Then God brought
him to a holy place, to "Horeb, the mount of God." Sometimes
it's good to get around someone or something God has mightily
used in bygone days or years! A spiritual "retreat" atmosphere!
Like Numbers 23:23 says: Look at "what
hath God wrought!"
Then, in 1st
Kings 19:9, the Word of the Lord came to Elijah!
"And he came thither unto a cave, and
lodged there; and, behold, the Word of the LORD came to
him." This always lifts spirits and strengthens downcast
hearts, The Word of the Lord! The inspired, inerrant Bible!
Then God spoke!
"In a still small voice!" When one
hears the voice of God, even silently and inwardly, all is well!
1st Kings 19:12
Lastly, to the
recuperating Elijah, the recovering patient, God gives several
tasks to perform! Work to do! Getting one's eyes off himself and
onto pressing duties often can be therapeutic!
"And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on
thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest,
anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: and Jehu the son of
Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and
Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to
be prophet in thy room." 1st Kings 19:15-16
A lot of work to
do, three things!
The last of these
assignments is first on the list chronologically however! In
three New Testament passages Jesus comments on God's order not
necessarily being our natural order of doing things.
"And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are
first which shall be last." Luke 13:30
call and anointing were far more important to God, obviously so,
than these merely "political" issues!
companionship! Such would help him for becoming so discouraged
ever again! God "hints" at that in 1st Kings 19:18.
"Yet I have left me seven thousand
in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and
every mouth which hath not kissed him."
By the way, in
turn Elisha will take care of the other two tasks assigned the
old Prophet! I mean the issues dealing with Hazael and Jehu. I
suspect the older Preacher gets spiritual credit when his
younger protégée accomplishes a job anyway!
let's meet this new young Prophet.
"Elisha the son of
Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet."
The name Elisha
means "God is salvation" or "God is deliverance!" What a name!
preacher's Daddy's name, means "Judge." Or more accurately, "He
has judged." Elisha may have grown up in a strict godly home
where law, God's law, ruled supremely. Blessed in any young man
whose Dad was loving enough to enforce the rules and regulations
of the home!
a city in the tribal allotment of Issachar, just means a meadow
or field ("Abel") of contrivance or design or weaving ("Mecholah").
Some say "meadow of dancing" or "meadow of a company of
like-minded brethren." Incidentally, "Issachar" means "reward or
payment or hire or remuneration!" God pays well for faithful
See here in
Abelmeholah the antidote to discouragement. Joy and reward
combine to provide great motivation to the people of God! Of our
Lord it is even said: "Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith; who for
the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews
Now ... we are
ready to further investigate Elisha's Call to the ministry!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Oh! By the way,
these same techniques might help you the next time you are
"down!" Depression can attack any of us! The only Person Who
ever lived totally free of discouragement was Jesus! Isaiah says
so. He, speaking of the Servant of the
Lord, "He shall not fail nor be
discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the
isles shall wait for his law." As you know,
The "Servant of the Lord" is one of Isaiah's favorite
Names for Jesus!
discouraged! That sounds just like our Lord!
And since He, the
undiscouraged One, lives within each of us who is saved ... it
can positively be declared that we will always have HOPE! Never
Where does the
Bible say that, Preacher Bagwell?
1:27, the Text I preached just last night:
"Christ in you, the hope of glory."
The Prophet Elijah had just been
commissioned to anoint a young man to the Ministry! God has even
disclosed his name, Elisha. God had said to the older Preacher:
"And Elisha the son of Shaphat of
Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room."
1st Kings 19:16
The phrase "in
thy room" is in Hebrew spelled "tachath" and fundamentally means
"beneath" someone! Elisha is the junior Prophet, Elijah still
the senior one! The "root" of the verb stem means "to be
So ... Elijah
obediently set out on his journey.
"So he departed thence, and found Elisha
the son of Shaphat." 1st Kings 19:19
"departed" is simply "yalak" and means "to go" or often just "to
"finding" is unique here. "Found" translates "matzsa" and
suggests "to meet" or "to encounter" someone often in a
providential manner. "To hit upon" or "to light upon" or "to
befall" captures the idea well. Sometimes this "finding" is
deliberate, associated with searching ... at other times it is
unplanned, coincidental even. When Bible words are used several
different ways in Scripture, one must depend on the context of
the Passage and the leading of the Holy Spirit to establish
What an inspired
Book we have to study!
knew much about Elisha remains in question ... BUT GOD KNEW THE
YOUNG MAN AND HAD DEEMED HIM TO BE THE NEXT GREAT PROPHET IN
The boy had been
reared by a man named Shaphat, his father. The name means
"judge" and emphasizes law and order! This youth had been reared
in a home that obviously reverenced the Word of God, including
its precepts and commandments!
preparation for the work of God!
These two men
meeting in a rural farm field is surely a "divine encounter!"
God has ordered things so!
37:23. "The steps of a good man are
ordered by the LORD." And indeed Elijah was a good man!
Abraham's servant, also illustrates this principle. He found a
Bride for Isaac. How? He tells us himself.
in the way, the LORD led me to the
house of my master's brethren." Genesis 24:27
Think of the God
ordained "meetings" that have occurred in Scripture! Paul and
Barnabas! Peter and John! Aquila and Priscilla! Moses and Aaron!
John the Baptist and Jesus! And even negatively, Pilate and
God knows how to
make our paths cross with those He intends to use in our lives!
Now, think of
Paul and Onesimus!
Thank God today
for the precious saints He has brought into your life,
especially that dear man of God!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Prophet Elijah was nearing the end of his earthly ministry. God
had reserved the aging Prophet's final years for the training of
his "preacher boy," the young Elisha of Abelmeholah.
Having found the
prophet-to-be, Elijah noticed what the young man was doing. His
"work" revealed much about his character. Verse 19 of 1st Kings
19 supplies the details: "Elisha the son
of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of
oxen before him, and he with the twelfth."
"plowing" is represented by the Hebrew verb "charash" and means
"to cut" or "to engrave" as well as "to plow." Once in the King
James Text it is translated simply as "worker," 1st Kings 7:14.
working, on a farm, in the daytime heat!
Often when God
needs a man, He chooses a busy one! Such was the case with Paul
and Moses and Peter and John and Matthew and nearly all the rest
it seems! Well, Nathaniel was "sitting" under a fig tree! That's
according to Jesus in John 1:48. But he's an exception!
Next notice that
on this plot of land, undoubtedly a large one, twelve yoke of
oxen were laboring! Elisha was associated with a group of
plowmen, farm workers, men not afraid of physical exertion! Men
laboring for the fruit of the land, future fruit! What good
fellowship these twelve hopeful men would have had under the
shed at lunch day after day.
yoke of oxen surely indicate the fact that Elisha's family was
rather wealthy! Most Jewish farms did not possess that much
livestock! If so, Elisha may have been reared in quite
comfortable circumstances, much unlike his future life with that
hairy and fiery Prophet of God, Elijah! But wealth or ease, if a
factor, did not deter the young Preacher!
Then notice this
fact: Elisha was "plowing with twelve yoke
of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth." The
young farm hand was at the last of the line! Eating the dust of
eleven other teams of oxen, Elisha stayed faithful to his job,
plowing straight rows and working until sunset! Here's a classic
case of humility in shoe leather! What a great Preacher Elisha
is going to be!
Now the Bible
says more about plowing that one might imagine. Through plowing
God teaches the principle of separation.
"Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together."
That's Deuteronomy 22:10. A clean and an unclean animal just
can't work together!
In Job 4:8
"plowing" pictures one's lifestyle! "Even
as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness,
reap the same." These are the words of Eliphaz.
The idea of
"plowing" being hard work, not for lazy men, is derived from
numerous Bible Passages like Proverbs 20:4.
"The sluggard will not plow by reason of
the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have
nothing." The "sluggard" is a slothful man.
And the Lord
Jesus, in Luke 9:62, clearly teaches that one who starts a task
... should finish it! There He uses a ploughing metaphor.
"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the
plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Biblically can indicate some form of intimacy too. Samson
accused his enemies, saying of his wife:
"If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my
riddle." Judges 14:18
And Psalm 129:3,
in an apparent reference to Jesus' sufferings on the Cross,
says: "The plowers plowed upon my back:
they made long their furrows."
Plowing is also a
Bible picture of judgment and devastation:
"Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of
Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith
the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and
Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as
the high places of a forest." Jeremiah 26:18
And since plowing
certainly indicates hope for harvest, bountiful harvest, Hosea
prophesies: "Ye have plowed wickedness, ye
have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because
thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty
men." Hosea 10:13
A man's spiritual
condition determines the quality of his work, at least in most
instances. "An high look, and a proud
heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin."
And one of the
greatest Parables Jesus ever spoke involved plowing. It begins:
"But which of you, having a servant
plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he
is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?" Herein
Jesus teaches doing one's best for the Lord!
speaking, bright times are ahead for the plowmen of God! During
the Kingdom days, the Millennium, "Behold,
the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake
the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and
the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall
melt." Amos 9:13
plowing speaks volumes Biblically!
It also reveals
to us much of what God needs to see in a future worker, a future
From Paul the
tentmaker to Ezekiel the Priest to John the fisherman to Matthew
the accountant to Luke the physician to David the shepherd to
Elisha the plowman ... God often goes to the
local workplace to find His men, His future servants!
Lazy men need not
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Today I want to analyze only one
single clause from 1st King 19:19. The whole Paragraph we are
studying, verses 19-21, constitute the "call" of Elisha to the
Ministry! His impulse from God to be a Prophet! The point in
time when, as Paul worded it, "necessity
was laid upon him!" 1st Corinthians 9:16
That clause just
reads: "... and Elijah passed by him."
Elijah, on his
way back from the Theophany at Horeb, "passes by" Elisha!
I'll have to be
careful here because we all know this is not all that defines a
"call" to preach! But it is, I do believe, a vital part of it!
At least it definitely is here in Elisha's case.
"Passed by" is "abar"
in Hebrew and means "to walk by or to march by or to just to go
by" something or someone.
It appears that
Elijah's mere presence, the power of the Spirit of God upon him,
helped nudge Elisha toward God!
I know this. Some
years after Elisha's death, when he was interred in his
sepulcher, a dead body just touched his bones and powerful
things happened! Read 2nd Kings 13:21 to learn more about the
I am not here
appealing to any kind of so-called "magic" either. I am just
reporting to you what the Word of God says!
There is power
and impact and glory in the very spirit of a true Man of God,
one who walks with the Lord year in and year out and faithfully
studies the Word day and night!
Timothy and Titus
just needed to be with Paul, to be around him! And Paul's
godliness and integrity and teaching bore great witness in the
lives of those two younger Preachers!
when imbued with the Holy Spirit, did the same thing for John
Mark too it seems! Here's how Peter names Mark:
"The church that is at Babylon, elected
together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son."
"Marcus" here in 1st Peter 5:13 is Mark of course.
I still advise
young Preachers yet today to get under the authority of a local
Bible-believing separated godly Spirit-filled Pastor and watch
and learn and spend time in his presence! Through that humble
servant God can lead you and guide you and speak to you ... even
regarding the preaching of the Word!
We all remember
the great occasions in the New Testament when Jesus "passed by"
someone! In Matthew 9:9 Jesus "passed" by Matthew ... who was
never the same again! In Matthew 20:30 our Lord "passed by" two
blind men ... who did not then stay blind for long! In Luke 19:1
Jesus "passed through" Jericho ... and we all remember what
happened to Zacchaeus that day! Then again in John 9:1 Jesus
"passed by" a man born blind ... who got that day not only
physical sight restored, but spiritual sight too! Even we
Christians today should rejoice that Jesus is now "passed into"
the heavens! There Hebrews 4:14 tells us that He is our great
High Priest, with all that involves on our behalf!
Thank God Elijah
passed by Elisha one day ... and God did the rest!
Young men, listen
Stay around the
right kind of people!
Those saints who
pass by each day ... influence you more than you realize.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Prophet Elisha is about to be "called" to preach!
Anointed as a
Prophet of God!
In an action
loaded with symbolism, we are told that the older Prophet Elijah
"passed by Elisha, and cast his mantle
upon him." 1st Kings 19:19
The "mantle" fell
I was amazed to
learn that the Bible, Old Testament here since we are studying a
Hebrew expression and since the New Testament doesn't contain
the word at all, uses four different words for "mantle."
Here they are in
nailing a tent spike through his head, the Jewish woman Jael:
"went out to meet Sisera, and said unto
him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had
turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a
mantle." That's Judges 4:18. Here mantle is spelled "semiykah"
and means a rug or a heavy covering designed to keep someone
warm. By the way, Sisera was a dangerous enemy of Israel.
the Prophet, while describing the silly clothing of Jewish girls
who had drifted away from God, wrote about their
"changeable suits of apparel, and the
mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins."
Here in Isaiah 3:22 mantle is spelled "maatepheh" and means a
piece of clothing that covers the body. Like a tunic or perhaps
over the tunic.
always wore a mantle. His garment however is represented by an
altogether different noun. "Meiyl" means a robe or a cloke or
coat. Ezra is specifically said to wear one also, along with
Job. "And when I heard this thing, I rent
my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my
head and of my beard, and sat down astonied." Ezra 9:3
But now when it
comes to Elijah's mantle, things are different! Always of Elijah
and only of Elijah ... until it falls upon Elisha ... mantle is
spelled "addereth" and means "glory" or "splendor" or
"magnificence" ... before coming to mean "an excellently crafted
mantle was different!
reminds one of Joseph's coat of many colors, distinct and
remarkable and symbolic! Although Joseph's garment was never
specifically called a mantle.
In each of these
following cases that "glory" word is used, the gloriously goodly
cloke of Elijah: "And it was so,
when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his
mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the
cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said,
What doest thou here, Elijah?" 1st Kings 19:13
And our Text here
today: "So he departed thence, and found
Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with
twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth:
and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him."
1st Kings 19:19
"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." 2nd
Now, even with
Elijah gone to Heaven, Elisha "took up
also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went
back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 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." 2nd Kings 2:13-14
That mantle, so
linked to the "glory" of holiness and the "glory" of separation
and the "glory" of conviction and the "glory" of the Almighty
God, fell upon the shoulders of Elisha and he was never the same
That explains why
he responded as he did that day!
The majesty and
wonder and thrill of the call to preach is divine!
And when that
mantel, sent from God to whomsoever He chooses in His divine
Will, falls upon a man's shoulders ... get ready!
A life of
excitement and purpose and meaning has just begun!
just happened that changed Elisha's world ... forever!
evaluation of the call to preach: "And I
thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he
counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." 1st
Praise the Lord!
No one within
himself is worthy. Yet God in his grace still saves and fills
and calls and uses men to proclaim His precious Truth, His Word!
What an honor!
Every Man of God
reading here today knows what I mean!
Thank God today
for Preachers, real Preachers!
culturally in America, they were heroes!
Today they have
been turned into villains by the devil and his worldly crowd!
But, get ready,
tomorrow ... by which I mean soon ... and then eternally
thereafter, they will be heroes again! Respected as being among
the wisest men who ever lived! That's because Jesus is coming
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
We have been studying the Call to
God's calling a
man to proclaim His holy Word!
Let's notice what
happened when young Elisha was called to the Prophetic Office.
The first thing
he did after Elijah passed by, casting that great mantle of
authority and power upon his shoulders, was to leave some things
behind! Specifically, "And he left the
oxen." 1st Kings 19:20
even when genuinely called of God to preach the precious Word,
refuse to abandon many things.
material things, financial things.
Jobs hinder some.
insurance and paid vacations and sick leave.
men will not follow the Lord completely because of the risk
The insecurity of
depending on people, a flock of sheep in one of God's little
considerations kept the rich young ruler from even following
the Apostle knew of these dangers. He repeatedly warned his
young Preachers to beware of the love of money!
in any form.
overcame all that in one swift moment!
He just left
those things behind!
Maybe he didn't
like oxen! But, more than likely, He simply loved God more than
he loved anything or anyone else!
What a testimony!
"And he left the oxen."
The verb for
"leave" here is spelled "azab" and really means "to forsake or
Also it's the
first word of the verse. I mean in the Hebrew Text that the King
James translators used. That means the Holy Spirit wanted to
give this action great preeminence here.
Elisha LEFT the
oxen ... and everything else too!
We are told in
Luke 5:11 that the Disciples, those who were fishermen at least,
"forsook all" and followed Jesus!
And Hebrews 11:27
says that Moses by faith "forsook" Egypt ... to follow the Lord!
mentioning what Paul "forgot," counting it but loss!
But young Elisha,
our subject for this study, is certainly right there in the
midst of these great heroes!
He forsook a
comfortable lifestyle and all that goes with it ... to follow an
unpopular and rough sounding Preacher named Elijah! Even more so
... to follow the God he loved so dearly!
Oxen, in Hebrew
spelled "baqar," Scripturally include cattle and bulls, the
bovine mammals. Most often they were used in farm work, pulling
loads and plowing fields.
powerful "tractors" and "wagons" of Elisha's day had lost their
luster. A young farmer has become a Preacher, according to God's
perfect Will! He would never be the same again either!
The call of God
meant more to him than any twelve yoke of oxen!
I believe it is
best said this way: the love for God, Elisha's devotion and
adoration of Jehovah, had displaced whatever love he had for
how we Christians learn to overcome the world too! Our love for
God, maybe even more ... His love for us, so thrills us and
encourages us that the world looses every bit of its excitement
Here it is New
Testament style: "Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1st
See! The love of
the Father expels the love of the world!
Yes, if a man is
really called ... beware! There's no telling what he might leave
behind in his diligent pursuit of this new "direction" in his
The call to
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
P.S. --- I do not
mean to be critical in this Lesson today, not critical of any
sincere Preacher who would love to be in God's Work full-time
... but has to work just to pay the bills! If the door to Pastor
a Church has not opened, or if the Church you serve is too small
to care for the Man of God financially ... no choice remains.
God requires us to pay our bills and care for our families! Stay
faithful, dear Preacher Brother! I know where you heart rests in
this matter. You long to preach God's Word, study your Bible,
love God's people, see souls saved and edify the Church ... with
all your heart! May God bless you and your ministry is our
It may be a bad habit.
I need to study
with you a whole verse of Scripture occasionally!
But for today
it's just a clause, a good one and an inspired one though!
It's right out of
1st Kings 19:20.
When Elisha was
"called" of God to the ministry, Elijah passing by and throwing
his mantel over his shoulders ... "He left
the oxen, and ran after
Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and
my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto
him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?"
Notice this today
... the young Elisha "ran after Elijah."
eagerness, excitement, a willingness to follow God's Plan!
The Hebrew word
used here to depict that running, "rutzs," is simply pronounced
"roots" and means "to speedily respond, to post, to run" and
then 14 more times in the King James Bible, "to guard!"
The first time
this verb is used in the Bible Abraham, upon seeing the Lord and
two of His angels, runs from his tent door to meet them!
See Genesis 18:2. Here's the prototype for eagerness to spend
time with God!
The second use of
"rutzs" is found in Genesis 24:17 where Abraham's servant ran to
meet Rebekah, the future wife of his Master's Son! Now here's
eagerness to serve! Look ... it's like Master like servant here!
And now in our
Text ... Elijah ran!
Jonah ran away
But Elijah ran
toward the Man of God!
The Bride in Song
of Solomon 1:4 ran after her Lover! Listen to her:
"Draw me, we will run after thee:
the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and
rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the
upright love thee."
Disciples, Peter and John, ran to the empty tomb
Resurrection Morning! See John 20:4
Even the Word of
God can run! "He sendeth forth his
commandment upon earth: his word runneth very
swiftly." Psalm 147:15
reading this page, are you eager to follow the Lord?
Dear Man of God,
are you still excited about following the Lord Who called you?
indicator that a young man has truly been touched of God, called
to the Ministry, is his hunger for God. His ardent desire to
Paul, in the
spirit of running, said that he "pressed" toward the mark for
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. "Dioko"
means "to pursue, to seek eagerly!"
A Preacher who
does not want to preach? Who is not thrilled with the Ministry?
Why, you had just as well talk about hot ice cream or a slow
speedboat! Some things just don't go together!
Where are you
going in such a hurry, Elisha?
He's heard the
Call of God!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The "call" to
believers have used that term for years.
Yet some today
have merely considered the Ministry as a profession, a job, not
a "calling" from God!
Let's study this
called Prophet Elisha certainly exhibited several sure
signs of his sincerity and dedication to the Cause of the Lord
God of Israel!
left all possessions behind, counting
them but loss!
pursued his new mentor, the seasoned Prophet Elijah,
running after him!
asked permission of the elder Statesman, revealing
his submissive spirit!
examine the words I've capitalized: "And
he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said,
Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother ...."
1st Kings 19:20
"Let me, I pray thee."
See, the line of
authority has already been established!
In God's economy
there is always a spiritual leader. That man is the Preacher,
the Pastor, here the Prophet of God!
Paul, in Hebrews
13:7, writes: "Remember them which have
the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:
whose faith follow, considering the end of their
conversation." To "follow" someone's faith is to
respectfully yield to their example and counsel, to obey them!
But, in ever yet
clearer terms, Hebrews 13:17 teaches:
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you." Nothing has to be said after
that! It explains itself!
Elijah if he can quickly do something.
The term "let me"
is actually a part of the "kiss" verb later in the verse. But
our King James translators, being led of the Lord and already
having a sense of Elisha's meek character, emphasized here his
willingness to ask permission of the older Elijah.
preacher-boy, a "Timothy" or "Titus" type, who will not quietly
and willingly follow His "Paul" ... is likely NOT real preacher
material. This is a critical point!
leaders fit into the "Korah" category!
Or the "Diotrephes"
Maybe even more
expression, "I pray thee," which is
just "na" in Hebrew and means "please." Or, more fully: "I ask"
or "I pray" or "I plead." It is here, as usual, added to the end
of the "let me kiss" verb.
The lesson today:
Elisha only wants
to properly say "goodbye" to his Father and Mother.
Some Preacher is
reading here today who is under a Pastor's authority ... and has
become dissatisfied or grieved or rebellious at the Man of God,
Get right with
God ... then get right with your Preacher!
Even if he is
wrong on some minor issue ... God must lead him in the right
path. You must pray.
Now if he is
wrong on a major issue, the thing you probably need to do is GET
OUT of that place and find another Preacher, one who stays true
to God's Word!
Either way, do
not get bitter!
Elisha had it
He asked ...
"let me I pray thee" ... before he
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The just-called and perhaps not yet
anointed Prophet Elisha had but one request of his mentor, the
older Prophet Elijah.
Once that great
mantle fell upon his shoulders, Elisha was one of the most
serious minded Men of God in all Scripture.
"Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and
my mother, and then I will follow thee," were his
words. 1st Kings 19:20
The verb "kiss"
is spelled "nashaq." Its parent word is "nasaq" which means "to
catch fire" or "to kindle!" It later came to mean "to join
together" or "to touch together," hence the idea of kissing was
The very idea of
kissing one's Father and Mother suggests that Elisha was reared
in a good family, a loving and affirming one!
Note also that
his Parents apparently had no objection to his following the
Lord's Will, none at all! Dad was losing a farm worker, a
plowman par excellence! Yet God was gaining a great Prophet!
Blessed is the
Preacher whose Mom and Dad encourage him in the ministry. Back
when my Parents were alive they always said kind things to me
and Sister Norma about remaining faithful in the work of the
Lord! They were among our greatest prayer warriors!
Elisha let no one
stand in his way!
He's going to
become a servant to the great God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
... and a helper to the Prophet Elisha, his leader.
See also that Dad
is mentioned first, then Mom. In a day of role reversals and
rebellion against God's ordained order, especially in the
family, it is refreshing to observe how the Bible again gets it
right! It always does! It contains no errors! Dad is the home's
spiritual leader and Mom is the responder.
this is not a divorced family! This is not a "My Dad and his
Wife" kind of situation. Or a "My Mom and her Husband" thing.
Elisha plainly says "my father and my
mother." Parents, keep your home together! The children
often are the ones who suffer most when parents separate or
become unfaithful to each other.
Then, after a
presumed yet unrecorded time of parting, Elisha is ready to go!
He has promised to "follow" Elijah. "Yalak" is the verb used
here and means "to walk, to depart, to go, to follow or to
Next Elisha has
uttered a promise.
"I will follow thee."
This is a promise
He kept too!
Even when Elijah
encouraged Elisha to "tarry here, I pray
thee," the younger Prophet responded
"As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul
liveth, I will not leave thee." This scenario happened
three times on Elijah's last day on earth!
He had loyalty!
He had a hunger
for the Spirit of God!
He wanted that
"double portion" that belonged to the firstborn son ... and was
going to persevere until he enjoyed such manifold blessings!
I am constantly
amazed at the durability and fortitude and stamina of true Men
They won't quit!
They won't stop!
They won't even
Remember that in
the prophecy of Isaiah Jesus says:
"Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I
shall not be ashamed." He was not going to swerve one way
or the other! See Isaiah 50:4.
Like a flint!
Like a Rock!
Like a Fortress!
"I will follow thee!"
Let the Lord know
your intentions today, friend!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Preachers can say some of the
I don't mean
frivolous things or silly things ... just unexpected and
sometimes startling things.
As soon as the
God-ordained young Prophet Elisha felt the touch of Elijah's
mantle on his shoulders, he obeyed the "call" of God in his
leaving his plowing and oxen behind, asking only to say
"good-bye" to his parents, Elisha ran after the older Preacher,
who apparently had not stopped walking past the scene ... not
even for a second!
Then Elijah said
What "cold water"
to throw in a young preacher's face!
"And he said unto him, Go back again: for
what have I done to thee?" 1st Kings 19:20
The verb "amar,"
to say or speak or utter something, is designed to show
incomplete action. Elijah may have spoken these words more than
once! "Go back," Elisha! "Don't even start this arduous journey!
You don't know what lies ahead! Trials and heartaches and
dangers and no telling what else!"
astoundingly, Elijah seemed to maintain this "go back young man"
mindset for the remaining years of his ministry!
last day on earth, the day of his miraculous "ride" to heaven,
he three times tried to discourage Elisha's presence!
Early that day at
Gilgal Elijah said to Elisha: "Tarry here,
I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha
said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul
liveth, I will not leave thee." Stay here Elisha! Go no
further with me! 2nd Kings 2:2
Then a few hours
later at Bethel: "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." 2nd Kings 2:4
And remarkably, a
third time, now at Jericho: "And Elijah
said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent
me to Jordan. And Elisha said, As the LORD liveth, and
as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went
on." 2nd Kings 2:6
In just a few
seconds we have discovered multiple opportunities for Elisha to
quit the Ministry ... or at least to "slow down" a bit! All were
refused by the young Prophet!
Actually it looks
like these are not only "opportunities" to quit, but nearly
"invitations" to quit! Tests they are ... perhaps to reveal
Elisha's sheer determination!
Such I believe
are the words in today's Text: "Go back
going to the Cross?
Peter tried to
stop Him! After Jesus revealed the looming "Cross" of Calvary to
His Disciples, we are told: "Then Peter
took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee,
Lord: this shall not be unto thee." Upon which statement
Christ unleashed these words: "Get thee
behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou
savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of
men." Matthew 16:22-23
to stop Him!
The Devil tried
to stop Him!
Pilate tried to
BUT JESUS WENT
ONWARD TO DIE FOR OUR SINS!
He would not be
Here are our
Lord's very thoughts at that moment: "For
the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I
shall not be ashamed." Isaiah 50:7
and displayed similar resolve in his ministry!
He would not "go
back" on God!
"Quit" was not in
Then also maybe
Elijah just wanted Elisha to know that this mighty "Call of God"
was not from any man personally ... but from God Himself!
"What have I done to thee?"
So asks Elijah. The personal pronoun "I" is here underlined for
None of this was
No power from him
He did nothing
but find Elisha and throw the mantle upon the plowing farm hand!
But he did so at
God's specific Command!
It's not me
Elisha, it's God!
Tell your parents
"good-bye." Do whatever else is necessary!
"Just please God
in these matters, not me" ... so thinks Elijah I suspect.
But lest we think
"What have I done to thee" is an
empty question, devoid of any significance ... let me show you
the question Elijah asked Elisha his last day on earth. The day
of his trip to heaven, the one I've already mentioned earlier in
determination proved so strong, Elijah finally asked him:
"What I shall do for thee, before I be
taken away from thee."
Here's the whole
verse: "And it came to pass, when they
were gone over Jordan, that Elijah said unto Elisha,
Ask what I shall do for
thee, before I be taken away from thee." 2nd Kings
Now listen to
Elisha's answer! "And
Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be
something the older Prophet can do!
He can influence
God to shower a "double portion" of the precious Holy Spirit
The words "double
portion" in Hebrew are so interesting. They literally mean "two
or twice or double" ("shenayim") ... plus the word "mouth" ("peh")
... a twofold appointment of God's Spirit! Two mouths full!
So ... what can
an older Man of God do for a younger one?
Or so it seems
from this Text today!
Preachers, stay near those older wise tested and approved Men of
Their "shadow" in
your life can mirror that of a Paul to a Timothy or a Peter to a
John Mark or even an Elijah to an Elisha!
will ALWAYS point you to the Lord God Almighty!
Never quit ... and stay
around godly Preachers! SOME OF THEM ARE POWERHOUSES,
LIVING DYNAMOS, OF GOD'S WISDOM AND ENERGY AND PRESENCE!
Now that last
paragraph, the capitalized one, captures today's Lesson in just
a few short words!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Often a person's "giving" habits
reveal much about his or her character! Spiritually speaking,
the Apostle Paul called our giving to the Cause of Christ ...
"the proof of our love!" See 2nd
Corinthians chapter 8, especially verse 24.
Quite soon after
God called Elisha to preach, he did this:
"He returned back from Elijah, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew
them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen."
1st Kings 19:21
immediately gave a team of oxen, two of
them apparently, to the Lord in sacrifice!
Now I realize the
young Prophet is not in Jerusalem, at the Temple. I also
understand that no priest was present that day. In fact, the
central truth of this act of Elisha's may be his turning away
from his past ... looking toward his new life in God's Work. Yet
the following information is still pertinent.
As you know, in
most Old Testament sacrifices according to the Law of Moses,
several animals could be given. A poor man, having nothing else
to share, might offer the blood of a mere dove. But if a
man could, a lamb was the sacrifice of choice in Israel!
Yet, occasionally, some would even go so far as to kill a
bullock, an ox, on the altar! This was a much more
more costly offering to give God, involving great expense to the
By the way, the
following is true of the Levitical offerings, generally
speaking. The more precious an animal was, the more costly ...
the more fully it expressed the traits of its Anti-type, the
Lord Jesus Christ! A dove is certainly a Type of Jesus, innocent
and pure. But a lamb even more so! Yet an ox, with all its
strength and value and practicality, most completely depicts our
Saviour! The more a man gave in sacrifice, the more fully he saw
Also, with the
ascending value of the animals given to God, the confessing
sinner ... the worshipper I had better say, was allowed to do
more and more as he stood before the priest! I base my remarks
here on Leviticus chapter 1 and its law of the burnt offering.
For example, if a
dove was given, the worshipper merely presented it to the
priest, who did all the rest of the work. The giver simply
watched. See Leviticus 1:14-17.
But if a lamb was
sacrificed, things were different! The participant got to kill
his own lamb! How much more instructive that would be than just
watching! How dramatic! What an impact that would have! Jesus'
Cross would nearly be visible at that bloody moment! Leviticus
1:10-13 is our Text now.
Then, even more
so, if the supreme animal ... the most costly, was wholly
dedicated to God, look what happened. The giver, the one making
atonement for his sins or his family's sins, first must realize
that his gift, now a calf or an ox, was voluntary! Lesser
animals would have done! Then he was allowed to lay his hand on
the head of the animal, calf or ox. This is called
"identification" with the innocent victim, a picture of our sins
being laid upon Jesus. He died FOR us! Then the generous
worshipper slew his own sacrifice! Slaying a ox, how very bloody
the scene would have been! Yea, how very bloody Calvary was too!
The giver also, it appears to me, was allowed to "flay" the dead
ox, cutting it into pieces to be laid on the altar! What
participation here! Read Leviticus 1:1-9.
Again I say it,
the more one gives to God ... the more he sees of the Saviour
and the more he participates in the worship!
This is NOT to
question the fact that salvation is a gift of God! It is by
Grace through faith! It cannot be earned at all. But our symbols
of worship and levels of giving surely are able to teach us
much! Much in increasing units, based upon our love and
generosity and sincerity!
My point today is
Elisha, the young
Preacher who has just been called of God, was extremely
generous! His two trusted oxen, behind which he had plowed many
a row and many an acre, are now being given to God! Gladly, in
Also notice that
Elisha not only gave his two oxen, but his farm equipment too!
"The instruments of the oxen" include things like the plow and
all its hardware and equipment!
turns him TOWARD the Lord God Almighty ... and AWAY from the
things of the past, the old lifestyle!
So should ours!
Such giving may
be quite decisive also, even dramatic at times. The verb "took"
(Elisha "took" his yoke of oxen and slew them) translates "laqach"
and means "to fetch" or "to lay hold of" or even "to seize"
He was determined
to follow God fully!
God, give us more
Preachers like him!
selfish ones, do not usually develop into top quality Servants
Watch and see!
As with all the
Godhead, the gracious Holy Spirit indeed implants generosity
within the heart and soul of His students!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Some Men of God are "loners." They
best thrive when in Spartan conditions, removed from the hustle
and bustle of life. Contemplative types they are! Preferring the
study and the prayer closet and time with God, they just don't
react best when around crowds. There is nothing wrong with this
lifestyle either! In fact, Elijah is the premier example of
Other Men of God
are more socially adapted! They love people, the more the
better! It's their very nature to interact and fellowship with
their brothers and sisters in Christ, counseling and teaching
them regularly. This too is perfectly normal for a Preacher,
maybe even preferable! And Elisha is one of the greatest
examples of these men!
proves my point. After having sacrificed his two oxen, boiling
their flesh and burning his farm tools, Elisha is said to feed
the people closely gathered around him! Here's the verse. Note
the highlighted or capitalized words: "And
Elisha returned back from Elijah, and took a yoke of oxen, and
slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the
oxen, and gave unto the
people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after
Elijah, and ministered unto him." 1st Kings 19:21
He fed the crowd!
All they could
eat no doubt!
celebrating the Call to Preach!
A spiritual Meal!
social skills already at work!
They did not
miraculously appear when God "touched" him that day!
They no doubt
were present all along. God just sanctified them and dedicated
them to the Ministry when the Mantle passed from Elijah!
words a parable?
Elisha's two oxen, Scripture says he ...
"slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the
oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat."
See the Man of
God ... feeding the people?
The verb "gave"
is spelled "nathan" and means to freely bestow! No charge!
Elisha began his days as a Prophet of God feeding people
physically ... and continued for over 60 years feeding them
I mean lavishly
and prodigally feeding them!
walk the hallways Saturday nights, wringing their hands and
wondering, "What shall I preach tomorrow?" Other Preachers also
walk their hallways, wringing their hands too, but this time
wondering, "What shall l omit tomorrow? There's so much of God's
Word to develop in this Text!"
How much time is
spent in the Word of God during a given week!
How well one
prepares the Sunday Meal for God's people!
Elisha was not a
Then note he was
not selective in whom he fed! He gave to
"the people." Not just a select few! Not just his Dad and
Mom! Not just his closest friends! To the people!
All the people.
through the years it is best to treat the Lord's folks the same!
Not to have favorites. Not to preach to one clique or the other,
one special little family or sub-group in the Church.
Feed them all!
If rebuke is in
order, get everyone!
is the task of the day, include the whole body!
If teaching is on
the schedule, so be it ... impartially!
Then comes the
Did they eat?
Are they being
Do they look
While many facts
can impact this issue, good food generally brings hungry people
to the table!
Look what we are
told about Elisha's supper that night. Again let's read it: He
"gave unto the people,
and they did eat."
Peter warns us
Preachers to: "Feed the flock of
God which is among you." 1st Peter 5:2
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and
to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath
purchased with His Own Blood." Acts 20:28
God-called Preachers have a yearning to FEED the spiritually
May their number
increase exponentially in these last days!
God's people are
hungry! His children need milk. His warriors need meat. His
saints even occasionally need some honey from the honeycomb,
sweet as it can be! And God's Word, the Bible, richly provides
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The "old-timers" used to say: "The
Call to preach is a call to prepare!" Undoubtedly it is. Whether
through some godly College, a Bible Institute, Correspondence
School or even a Seminary ... or none of
the foregoing, we need to study God's Word! Of course
that, intensive time in God's Word, can be done at home all
alone in the corner of a bedroom on a little desk too ... the
Holy Spirit being one's Teacher!
However, there is
another maxim about Preaching that needs to be stressed too. And
our Text today does so!
After the now
aging Prophet Elijah received a commission from God to anoint a
younger Prophet in his stead, and after his finding Elisha and
casting his prophetic mantle over his shoulders ... Elisha did
some things. Notice the last item in the list. It was the most
time consuming response.
1. Elisha left his
2. He sought
permission to bid his parents "good-bye."
3. He sacrificed
4. He fed the
people around him ... freshly boiled beef!
5. Then our Text
for today: "Then he arose, and went after
Elijah, and ministered unto him." 1st Kings 19:21
This short yet
complex sentence says volumes!
The verb "arose"
is spelled "qum" and means just what it says, to stand up! But
25 times in the King James Bible it is rendered "to perform!"
Once it's "to continue" and once again "to abide." The time
sense of "qum" suggests continual action, habitual movement, a
way of life! Elisha kept on standing and performing and doing
things for his mentor, Elijah!
Elisha got up ...
and seldom ever sat again! He was always busy, serving his new
what the Call to Preach involves! Constant labor! Unbelievable
scheduling! Long hours! And a huge dose of faithfulness! With
the Call of God comes the potential for such character too!
The verb "went"
is based upon "yalak" in Hebrew. It usually means "to walk" but
20 times in Scripture it means "to follow" and another 5 times
it means "to carry" something!
Elisha, the newly
called Preacher, does not mind a subservient position! He was
willing to be a "nobody" so that his leader Elijah could be a
"somebody!" He already humbly had "the mind of Christ Jesus" as
Paul terms it in Philippians 2:5.
follower was Elisha! Not a traitor! Not a turn-coat! Not a
Judas! Not an Absalom! Instead, a loyal dedicated Timothy-like
young Preacher Boy!
"ministered" to Elijah we are told. See our verse again:
"Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and
ministered unto him."
The verb is "sharath."
Only found 97 times in the Bible, it means to serve in a
surprising sense: not as a menial slave, but as a royal officer!
The lexicons say that the expression designates those in "higher
domestic service!" It is definitely a higher level of service
than the Hebrew "abad" indicates, the latter being quite close
There was dignity
and honor in Elisha's ministry, service to that dear and
distinguished old Man of God, the Prophet Elijah!
Such honor for
the Ministry is waning in these last days I fear.
Let me add this
too. Every time I can find "sharath" in the Bible, it is framed
in the Piel stem. In Hebrew that suggests intensive action,
diligence, doing one's very best! Hard work!
succinct sentence we are abruptly carried to another event,
nearly unrelated, in the next verse.
We bid farewell
to the account of Elisha's commissioning!
But we can
determine this fact. After the events of that remarkable and
unforgettable day, Elisha followed and served Elijah for years,
several years! Using James Usher's dates as found in the
Scofield Reference Bible, King James Version, the time span in
question here lasted at least ten years!
A decade of
How we should
admire such a person!
No wonder Paul
said: "Moreover it is required in
stewards, that a man be found faithful." 1st Corinthians
And so it is with
real Men of God!
doubt that this "on again" then "off again" crowd, the "in" one
week and "out" the next week boys ... are really called of God!
Let me use this
verse that describes our Lord's resolve one more time. It's
talking about Jesus going to Jerusalem to die for our sins.
Isaiah prophesied it of Christ: "He set
His Face like a flint!" That's determination and bravery
and love in action!
certainly in miniature, like our Lord ... so are our dedicated
Spirit-filled Preachers! Faithful Men of God!
Not only do they
not want to quit, at least for very long! They just can't
quit! I point you to Jeremiah's experience along this
line. "Then I said, I will not make
mention of Him, nor speak any more in His Name. But His Word
was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and
I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
See what I mean!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
"The Call to Preach!"
I've heard this
precious expression all my life.
occasionally announce to Mom, when I was still a lad mind you,
that Brother __________ had been called of God to Preach the
including "born-again" and "sanctified" and "separated," are not
heard as often any more. And that's the short list. How sad!
us about a number of God's Men, their "call" to preach I mean.
particular. The "mantle" of God fell upon His shoulders! He was
endued with power, a double portion of the Holy Spirit it seems!
Briefly in 1st Kings 19:19 we are told that:
"Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle
upon him." That word mantle, different from other Old
Testament Hebrew words used for such a cloak, is "addereth" and
the lexicons say it means glory or splendor or magnificence!
There is certainly an "honor" in preaching God's Word, in being
And Amos, who
said: "And the Lord took me as I followed
the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my
people Israel." This is Amos 7:15. The verb "took" here
is "laqach" and means "to lay hold of" or even "to seize"
someone! Sounds dramatic and powerful!
And Isaiah, after
sensing the Holiness of Almighty God and being purged of his
sins, wrote: "Also I heard the voice of
the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I; send me." I've quoted
Isaiah 6:8. Yes, Isaiah was "sent." That verb, "shalach," means
"to send forth" or "to sow" or "to stretch out!" God dispatched
a faithful Preacher to proclaim His Word to Judah!
"called" early in life! He likely did not realize that fact
until years later. Listen to him God tell Jeremiah about it all.
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew
thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified
thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
Jeremiah 1:5 tells us this. "Ordained" means "given!" That's
right, it's spelled "nathan" and 1,078 times in the King James
Bible it is rendered in one form or another "give." Jeremiah was
"given" to the people of God as a Prophet, a faithful one too.
Then to the New
Testament we go.
Listen to Paul in
Hebrews 5:1-4 talk about Aaron the High Priest of Israel.
"For every high priest taken from among
men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that
he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. And no man
taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God,
as was Aaron." That verb "called" the Holy Spirit
just used is spelled "kaleo" and literally means "bidden" or
"summoned" or "named" or "invited." It carries the idea of a
clear and certain call, not anything dubious.
Paul also never
got over his call to preach. Listen to Him speak of such in 1st
Timothy 1:12. "And I thank Christ Jesus
our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry." God actually "put" Paul in
to the Ministry! The verb "tithemi" is used, meaning "fixed or
established or ordained!" Also notice in this verse that the
call to preach includes God's "enablement" to preach also! It is
"endunamoo" in Greek and indicates God's "dynamite" power placed
within a man to equip him for the work of God, for preaching!
Yet another way
the great Apostle viewed his call to preach is mentioned in 1st
Corinthians 9:16. Look how Paul words this one.
"For though I preach the gospel, I have
nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is
unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" Paul here explains
that ultimately he had no choice in this preaching matter! It
was required of him! "Aganke" or "necessity" here means that
which is squeezing in on the Apostle from all sides! Pressure!
Apparently intense pressure! "Laid upon," another verb here,
means something like placing a heavy object on top of a lighter
object ... laying them like that and keeping them that way! "Epikaimai"
is the word. What a graphic verse Paul has written, but only
under the direction of the inspiring Holy Ghost of God! And HE
is the Member of the Godhead Who executes the "Call to Preach"
it appears! He then can perfectly describe it!
Yes, the Call to
Bible data to prove and validate and confirm it again and again!
I'm just a little
"nobody" in this world!
And I'm quite
insignificant when it comes to the Lord's Servants too.
But I am so
thankful and so thrilled that one day, in His marvelous Grace,
He called me to preach His precious Word!
I've also noticed
this too! There's a fresh young crop of mighty fine young Men of
God coming on the scene today! God is still calling preachers!
And they have an eagerness, a real hunger, to learn His Word as
Praise God for
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
OUR PRAYER IS THAT GOD WILL USE THESE
FOURTEEN LESSONS TO HELP CONFIRM SOME YOUNG MAN'S CALL TO THE
MINISTRY! OH, HOW WE NEED SPIRIT-FILLED MEN OF GOD IN OUR