We begin a new book in the Bible and this time we also have the transition from Elijah to Elisha. Isn’t it interesting that this book of the Bible is called Kings and yet it focuses on the prophet of the Lord and his interaction with the kings, even while the kings are very present and evident. Elijah is taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire and Elisha sees it happen and as a result he is given the mantle of prophetic leadership that Elijah had. After receiving that leadership one of his first acts is to kill a bunch of teenagers who call him bald, yeah, that happened.
The story of the widow’s oil is significant as is the healing of Naaman in the Jordan. Both of those stories I have preached on numerous times as demonstrations of the love of God that manifests itself when we are willing to do God’s will even though at the time it is less than evident why we are doing what we are doing.
Proverbs gives us a series of warnings: against folly and against adultery. Both of those things we find people of God caught up in and it changes and destroys lives.