(NIV1984) 1 Kings 19:21 – “So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.”
…where is Elisha kissing his parents good-by? D<
Also – this scene doesn’t make sense to me. Elisha kills his oxen – but not as a sacrifice. He instead makes food for the people. And he burns his plowing equipment! What if someone wanted to use that?! But he does give food to the people and they eat.
Perhaps this is a foreshadowing of how Elisha will live after Elijah is gone. Sometimes he comes across as more destructive, more emotional (bears mauling youths is what I’m thinking of here), but at the same time there are so many more miracles he is used for that directly help people. At the same time, he does get a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, so….
Whether or not there is continued symbolism with the killing of the twelfth pair of oxen – perhaps looking back to what God said earlier about Elisha – is beyond me. I don’t want to force it.
And, in the end, Elisha follows Elijah and becomes his attendant. I don’t know what the difference is between that and a servant is, but it sounds better. More personal.
And – that’s the end of chapter 19, folks! I hope you enjoyed the ride! Tomorrow we will be getting into 1 Kings 20! I hope you will join me then!