Elijah & Elisha
Instructor: Brad Wordell
In the face of invading idolatry, God declared war and raised up “the chariots and horsemen of Israel” to defend his glory and preserve his elect. Elijah and Elisha were those spiritual warriors (2 Kings 2:12 & 13:14) sent by God to powerfully proclaim law and gospel in word and deed. Using the inspired Hebrew text, participants in this course will carefully exegize numerous life vignettes in the ministries of these Old Testament prophets. What timeless truths does a loving God reveal to his spiritual soldiers of today who also labor amidst unceasing attacks of idolatry and apathy? Find comfort and confidence as you see God’s saving activity through the proclamation of the Word.
Practically speaking, the course will be structured around overlapping objectives. We will explore the spiritual, political, and geographical context of the divided monarchy to understand the situation in which these prophets labored. Through careful exegesis we will see how God’s grace shines all the more brightly in contrast to his people’s unfaithfulness. Salient points of Hebrew grammar and syntax will be reviewed. Finally, class participants will complete assignments cognizant of the fact that their summer quarter study will be utilized as a resource for developing congregational applications such as a Bible study unit, a series of devotions for personal use or for congregational staff devotions, or perhaps a series of Bible devotions for visitation ministry to the discouraged or to the erring.
Course Credits 1.5