Time and chance 2 – the local town seers: seeing beyond the town
11 I returned, and saw under the s￼un, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 King James Version (KJV)
In the first episode, I discussed how Elisha defied all odds to remain focused on the goal ; his master and Elijah acknowledged that what Elisha desired was a mammoth task but if he focused and saw his master being taken, the double anointing was his. Elisha focused and saw Elijah being taken and the double anointing was his to take.
But the journey had been a long one and had taken a long journey through three cities each with fifty seers who knew Elijah was going but seemed keen only on the glee but not the benefit.
Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
II Kings 2:3 NKJV
After failing to dissuade Elisha from remaining behind at Gilgal, they then travelled 95km together to Bethel. I am not sure what conversations they had but I know Elisha would not be dissuaded to turn back.
But then there was another obstacle. At Bethel there were fifty seers who were in tune with what was going to happen to Elijah and they were all keen to make sure Elisha felt the grief.
But still Elisha would not be dissuaded he told them to hold their peace and focused on his master.
It was at Bethel that Jacob had an encounter where he dreamt angels of God descending and ascending on a ladder set upon the Earth but reaching Heaven.(Genesis 28v 16-19)s o the city was prominent and had eminent prophets but the seers were limited by the city history and could not see to the realm of double anointing.
The trip went on to Jericho of the famous wall toppling miracle and another company of seers prophesied Elijah ‘s departure too but still Elisha focused on what he knew: his master. The fifty seers remained in Jericho in the same manner that those in Bethel had remained.
Another crowd stood at the Jordan, another historical site of a miracle. The ever flowing river had halted and dried and the Israel family had crossed on dry ground to their inherited land. Another fifty efforts at dissuading Elisha but he remained focused on what he knew and his master.
At the end of it all Elisha obtained his goal and defied the 150 seers who wanted to only blight his joy and derail his path to a double anointing.
The seers remained seeing the events that would cause pain to others but they did not see the way beyond their towns’ history.
Elisha belived beyond the 150 dissuasions, Elijah’s discouragement and dwelling on history.
Today you can defy all the world’s reasons blocking your path to a greater purpose.
You can see the beyond the blight and discouragement by staying focused.