OT SS Lesson #29 -- originally posted on Mormon Matters
The prophet Elisha is introduced for the first time in 1 Kings 19. Elijah has recently had his encounter with the 400 prophets of Baal and the still small voice of God on Mt. Horeb. On his way from the mountain to the wilderness of Damascus Elijah finds Elisha plowing in a field. He passes by him and throws his mantle over Elisha. And scripture says that Elisha arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant. Elisha doesn’t receive another mention until the end of Elijah’s ministry — when Elijah’s mantle falls from him as he is translated and is taken up by Elisha — and one can’t help but wonder about the relationship between the two in the interim. How was Elisha prepared to succeed Elijah, and what relevance does this story have to succession in the Church today?