The prospect of having to “replace” such a prophet as Elijah understandably distressed Elisha. His impassioned plea to receive a “double portion of [Elijah’s] spirit” prior to the Lord’s dramatic removal of Elijah into heaven evidences his humility, but also expresses his faith in the Lord’s ability to qualify whom He calls.
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What we call the Old Testament, Jesus referred to as "the law and the prophets." The Lord intends everything in the Old Testament to bring us to Christ. As our goal in life is to "come unto Christ and be perfected in him,"2 the Old Testament becomes a precious and invaluable guidebook.
It took me many years to realize that the Old Testament is one of the great treasures of the standard works. Yes, it is more difficult to understand, initially, than the others, but as we prayerfully read our assignments each week the Spirit can reveal to us those things which we can apply to our daily and ‘modern’ lives. This week’s lesson has great application to our world today.
He was a man who started with so much promise and because of it, his fall was great. What can we learn from it? (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24, part 2).
Chapters 11 and 12 of 2 Samuel are among the treasures of scripture. There are several reasons for their importance. (Supplement to Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24).
In the latter days, the Lord gave the same promise to all the faithful that he gave to Solomon: "Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich" (D&C 6:7). The implication is that seeking for earthly riches is the main preoccupation of the unwise and the spiritually undiscerning, and will lead nowhere.
Though it is unlikely that any of us will encounter the sort of challenges faced by David in his relationship with Saul, his story serves as a reminder of the attitude of love and respect that should be maintained with regard to “the Lord’s anointed.” It is hoped that the suggestions collected in the discourse below will be a helpful resource for members who seek to resolve differences with Church leaders in the Lord’s way.