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He was a
young man full of himself and yet on occasion he showed flashes of the right
kind of stuff. He felt he had been called to preach the word but that feeling
along with an overabundance of zeal was about as far as he had progressed so
in Bible school or the version of it in his day and he found himself among the
same kind of would be preachers as himself.
all trying to make some kind of a mark that would set them apart from the rest
and cause the true prophet to notice them and take them under his wing.
would allow this young man, Eli managed to stand out from the rest and the top
speaker in the country let him hang around him for laughs.
Oft times he
would have to put him back into his place. He would get to talking about the
mega church he was going to have, twice as big as the true prophet has.
would say, “You sound just like all the rest of those Bible school students
with empty hands and empty heads.”
could think and talk about was his great ministry and how GOD was going to
bless what he was going to do.
came when the Spirit began to do small things through Eli and the prophet was
aware of it. From that day forward The Prophet
began to take the young man seriously.
to take on the persona of a man truly called of GOD. He started to dress like the Prophet; with a
leather outfit and let his thinning hair on his head grow long and always was exposing
his hairy manly chest.
The other Bible
students were jealous of the progress Eli was making but began to recognize he
was doing what they were only hoping for and talking about.
sure he was going to have the biggest church of them all.
came when the old prophet was to depart from this earth and Eli stayed by his
said, “You’re bothering me - - go your way.”
But Eli said,
“No way I’m with you till the end.”
prophet said, “What is it you want from me?”
Eli said, “I
want double of what you have.”
prophet said, ‘You don’t want double the trouble I’ve had I’m sure of that.”
“No, no I
mean double the blessing GOD has bestowed upon you.”
said, “I leave shortly and have a lot of traveling to do but if you are with me
at my departure the double blessing is yours.”
Not too long
after, the old prophet departed in a blaze of glory leaving his cloak near the
place of his departure.
over and to the cloak and ripped up his own cloak and put the departed
prophet’s cloak on.
When he came
to the river where the old prophet had commanded the waters to part he took the
cloak just as the prophet had done and struck the waters and shouted; “Where is
the GOD of the old prophet,” and the waters parted before him.
So began the
ministry of the young prophet in earnest.
became to realize was when GOD moved upon him it was to solve problems.
the double blessing came double trouble which wasn’t what he had in mind when
he asked for the blessing.
he had a full head of hair he now was bald and while he interacted with women
and solved their problems he never mentioned having a wife of his own.
fulfilled his course he departed this earth and left the heritage that men seek
today; a double portion like unto the blessing Elisha was given.