The Double Portion

by Lester Young

It’s obvious that the Lord Jesus Christ had an absolutely phenomenal ministry when He walked around here on earth. Miracles of healing and supernatural multiplication abounded through Him – up to and including even dead folks being brought back to life. But as undoubtedly amazing as His exploits were, it’s interesting to note that many of them had been done before.

For instance, let’s take a look at the famous prophet Elisha, who at first was Elijah’s young attendant. Consider some of the things he did. He defied the natural laws of gravity by causing an iron axe head to float on top of the water (2 Kings 6:5-6). He made a pot full of (unintentionally) poisonous stew safe to eat and an entire city’s water supply fit to drink (2 Kings 2:19-22, 4:38-41). On that same topic, he also fed to the full a hundred men with just twenty loaves of barley bread – and you know what happens when a group of hungry people are placed in close proximity to free food. In fact, there was even some left over! (2 Kings 4:42-44) Sound familiar?

But the fun didn’t stop at just a Happy Meal or two. Once, when a foreign nation was at war with Israel, their king sent his army to capture Elisha because… well… he was sort of acting as Israel’s Chief of Covert Intelligence at the time. To make a long story short, Elisha ended up comforting his servant (who upon seeing that they were completely surrounded by the enemy, was in the midst of throwing a fit) by letting him know that “there are more with us than there are with them,” literally – because the mountain terrain all around the area was completely full of horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:8-17). (You remember they couldn’t catch Jesus either, until He gave them His permission to do so? [Matthew 26:53-54; Luke 19:47-48, 22:53; John 8:59, 10:39]) And the man still wasn’t done: he also healed Naaman the Syrian of leprosy and brought a couple’s only son who had died back to life again (2 Kings 4:20-37, 5:1-14).

Can you see the parallels? The Lord Jesus also overcame the physical laws of nature by walking on water, and He promised His followers that if they ingested any deadly substance no harm would come to them. He fed thousands with just a couple of fish sandwiches, healed all manner of sickness and raised the dead (Matthew 8:13; 9:25; 14:17-21, 25; Mark 16:18; Luke 18:41-42; John 11:43-44).

But how do these two ministries actually tie together? What do they fundamentally have in common? Elisha himself gives us the answer. Just before his boss Elijah was taken away to heaven by the whirlwind, Elisha asked for a double portion of the Spirit that was on Elijah to come upon him (2 Kings 2:9). The “double portion”. Well, his request was granted, so it’s logical to assume that the feats Elisha performed must characterize and identify the double portion. And if Jesus did those same kinds of miracles, it reasonably follows that He must also have been operating in that very same faculty. Certainly, the Lord’s miracles were of a greater magnitude, but the overall class and type of works they did is just too similar to be disregarded.

Besides, there’s every reason to not disregard it. Jesus, as the Firstborn Son of His Father, was entitled to a double portion of all His Father’s inheritance, because that’s what the Law prescribed (Deuteronomy 21:17). Additionally, the Scriptures prophesied in no uncertain terms that the age of the Messiah would be a time of “double” to those who are saved (Isaiah 61:7; Zechariah 9:12). Furthermore, as the Body of Christ, we are the Church of the Firstborn (Ephesians 1:23; Hebrews 12:23). In Jesus, we’re all firstborn sons as far as God’s concerned and have a birthright to the double-portion of all that He has – and that’s good news!

You know, I just couldn’t resist leaving you with this: the great Elisha, through the Word of God, delivered an entire city from under a terrible siege, and he miraculously delivered a woman from a crushing debt that was about to destroy her entire household and family (2 Kings 4:1-7; 2 Kings 7). What… you think the ‘Double Portion’ that is Christ – the Anointed One and His Anointing – can’t do that for us, too? Please!!

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3 Responses to “The Double Portion”

  1. That’s certainly good news — a double portion cures all hunger, fills our cup to overflowing! Thank you, Lester!

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