2 Kings 13-17 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Do you remember this question: “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.’ And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me'” (2 Kings 2:9)? Elijah tells him that it will happen if Elisha sees him taken into heaven, which he does!
It’s possible that Elisha was simply asking for the inheritance of the firstborn so that he would become the leader of the prophets once Elijah was gone. But it seems to be more than that. Unfortunately you can’t find much agreement as to how many miracles Elijah and Elisha did, but it does seem that Elisha did roughly twice as many as Elijah. A double portion if you will! And Scripture leads us to that conclusion. Elijah raised the widow’s son in 1 Kings 17:22. Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4:34, and then the man was raised by his bones in 2 Kings 13:21. Two resurrections to Elijah’s one!
You may have wondered why such a detail was included when you read it. Was it just to record another miracle? Or was it to show that God promises can be trusted? If you are having trouble trusting God today, take this insignificant little detail to heart. God is trustworthy!