II Kings 9:1-13
Key Verse: Verse 1 - “And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead:"
Key Words: one of the children of the prophets
This young prophet is called a child, meaning in all likelihood, he had not even reached the age of adulthood. So Elisha sends a young child prophet to anoint Jehu as the king of Israel. This would have been highly unusual. Remember, it was Samuel who anointed David so you would think that Elisha would anoint Jehu.
This young child prophet was so far as we know the only child to anoint a new king into his kingly office. He was an ordinary person who did an extraordinary thing.
This young prophet had learned at an early age that God could use him. It’s amazing what we can learn from this.
Robert Fulghum wrote in the Kansas City Times, "Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
"These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody . . . When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together."
The early formative years are important if our ordinary children are to accomplish extraordinary things for God.
What to do:
✞ Train up a child in the way he should go.
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