A Double Portion

A Double Portion.For your shame you shall over come; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they

shall posses the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

In other versions of the bible, “portion” is translated as “inheritance.” When these writers say the Lord is their portion,

they mean that he is their allotment, their inheritance, their source of security, and in this case, hope.

The anointing can be manifested in more than one way; we must all discover our anointing and live within it (Rom.

12:3). Elisha’s double anointing was partly in quantity rather than quality. Elijah performed something like seven

miracles; some of Elisha’s miracles overlap with Elijah’s.

The firstborn or firstborn son (Hebrew בְּכוֹר bəḵōr) is an important concept in Judaism. The role of firstborn son

carries significance in the redemption of the first-born son, in the allocation of a double portion of the inheritance,

and in the prophetic application of “firstborn” to the nation of Israel.

The passing of the mantle from Elijah to Elisha symbolized the passing of prophetic authority to Elisha. In modern

times we sometimes speak of the “mantle” of authority that the prophet receives when he is ordained and set apart.


What did Elisha ask for? Elisha said, please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. Elisha asked for a big

thing – a double portion of the mighty spirit of Elijah. Elisha saw how greatly the Spirit of God worked through Elijah,

and he wanted the same for himself.

The idea of a double portion was not to ask for twice as much as Elijah had, but to ask for the portion that went to

the firstborn son, as in Deuteronomy 21:17. Elisha asked for the right to be regarded as the successor of Elijah, as

his firstborn son in regard to ministry. Yet Elisha had already been designated as Elijah’s successor (1 Kings 19:19).

This was a request for the spiritual power to fulfill the calling he already received.

It is worthwhile to consider if this was generally a good or a bad thing. Normally we don’t think of one person

inheriting the ministry of another. The relation between Elijah and Elisha – and God’s apparent blessing on their

ministries – shows that at least sometimes God intends one person to inherit the ministry of another.

More than anything, consider this: Elisha could have asked for anything, but he asked for this. When offered

everything, he didn’t seek wealth,A Double Portion, worldly power, or status. He wanted all he might need to fulfill God’s purpose and call on his life.

What do you think is missing in your life? What would you ask God for if He offered you anything? Asking God for all

you need to fulfill His highest purpose for your life is a great thing to ask for. Get a double portion of that.

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