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Sat, June 24, 2017

Helping Young Leaders

II Kings 6:5 – But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. “Oh, sir!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!”

Samuel had established various “schools of prophets” to train young men in the works and ways of God. Elijah and Elisha are seen on various occasions instructing and discipling them—teaching the fear of God, respect for His prophets, and modeling divine accreditation (2:14-15). Here they learned of God’s supremacy over the laws of nature (also 4:38-41). These young prophets were “naturally strong but weak in faith; they were rationalistic, yet utterly ignorant” (W. Beutler) to the ways of God’s Spirit (2:16). We must help young leaders to know God’s ways (Ps. 103:7).