Understanding the Scriptures
|Hold ye your peace (vv. 3, 5)||Don’t speak of it.|
|Mantle (vv. 8, 13)||Cloak or outer robe that signifies a prophet, or a prophet’s authority|
|Parted them both asunder (v. 11)||Went between them|
|Naught (v. 19)||Bad|
|Barren (vv. 19, 21)||Unable to grow things|
|Cruse (v. 20)||Container|
2 Kings 2:8–15—Elijah’s Mantle Falls upon Elisha
Elijah’s mantle symbolized his power and authority. This experience was necessary since Elijah was such a great prophet and the people needed some extra help understanding that Elisha would take his place. A similar situation happened in our dispensation. After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, there was some confusion about who should lead the Church. At a meeting in Nauvoo, Brigham Young told the Church that the keys of authority were with the twelve Apostles. As he spoke, many testified that the sound of his voice—and even his appearance—resembled the Prophet Joseph’s. This experience was a special testimony to those present that the “mantle” had fallen on Brigham Young.
2 Kings 2:9—“Let a Double Portion of Thy Spirit Be upon Me”
When Elisha asked for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit, he was asking to receive Elijah’s same power and authority to act as a prophet to the people. The “double portion” statement refers to the idea that the birthright son received a double inheritance from his father for the purpose of taking care of the father’s posterity.
2 Kings 2:23–24—“Go up, Thou Bald Head”
Having more details to the story in 2 Kings 2 would be very helpful. The “children” referred to were extremely disrespectful to the Lord’s appointed servant, telling him, in effect, to leave. Notice that Elisha simply cursed them in the name of the Lord, which God’s servants are authorized to do (see D&C 24:15–16), and then the Lord determined the punishment.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study 2 Kings 2.
“If Ye Have Desires”
Write about at least two things that show how much Elisha wanted to serve the Lord in the way Elijah did.
Identify qualities of leadership you see in the life of the Savior or the prophet and explain why these qualities are important.
Respecting the Lord’s Servants
What does the story in 2 Kings 2 teach us about the Lord and His servants?
Name at least three things you can do to show respect and reverence for the Lord’s chosen servants.