Elisha: Man of Mission, Man of Miracles

John CheesemanSKU: PBSELISHA4369 ISBN: 9781846254369



While the life of Elijah is familiar to most Christians, the mission and ministry of his successor, Elisha, is not so well knownprobably because of the great drama that surrounded Elijah’s service for the Lord. The majority of Elijah’s miracles were performed in the context of death and destruction, whereas the miracles of Elisha were mainly to do with healing and restoration.

It could therefore be argued that Elijah was primarily a prophet of judgement, whereas his successor was more a prophet of grace. If this is so, the story of Elisha’s life is very relevant to the times in which we live. Elisha prophesied in Israel during the ninth century BC as a shining light amid the darkness of idolatry and unbelief which prevailed at the time. We would therefore do well to follow his noble example as we seek to be witnesses for the Lord in our generation.

About the Author

John Cheeseman went to school at Epsom College in Surrey and was converted to the Christian faith at the age of 17, during a Scripture Union houseparty. He studied Classics at Oxford University, before training for pastoral ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. He has served in churches all over the South East of England, most recently at Holy Trinity, Eastbourne, where he was the Vicar of a large town centre church, with a strategic ministry for visitors and holiday makers.

He has now left the pastoring of a single church, in order to concentrate on an itinerant ministry of Bible teaching, which is where his heart really lies. John is the author of 2 publications— Saving Grace (1997) and The Priority of Preaching (2006), (Banner of Truth Trust). He is married to Joy and they have three grown-up children: Peter, David and Cherry.


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The life of the Old Testament prophet Elisha ( I Kings 19 to II Kings 13) is here broken down into 18 brief chapters, the text commented on being the English Standard Version.The author’s style is refreshingly straightforward, and he is concerned not only to bring out the meaning of the text but also to show its relevance for today. Perhaps even more importantly, he is not afraid to link the Old Covenant to the New without becoming fanciful and strained.Just occasionally he lapses into a semi-colloquial style which would have been better avoided. But he clearly believes in the absolute reliability of Scripture, and brings out the truth in the book’s title: Man of mission, Man of miracles. Peace and Truth, 2015. John Manton

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