As I dug in to find out more about Elisha I found quite a bit of information. Here is some of what I learned.....
√ Elisha’s name in Hebrew means “God is salvation”. In Greek and Latin he is known as Saint Eliseus.
√ He was the son of a farmer in Galilee named Shaphat.
√ Elisha was an Israelite prophet and disciple of Elijah.
√ He was called by Elijah while tilling one of his family’s fields.
√ Elisha was a prophet during the reigns of Israelite kings Joram, Jehu, Jehoahaz and Joash.
√ He preached and worked in the northern kingdom of Israel and eventually came to live on Mt. Caramel with a servant.
√ Elisha saw Elijah taken up into heaven by a whirlwind in a fiery chariot. He was going with Elijah to Jericho and on to Jordan. After Elijah was taken to heaven, Elisha went on to Jericho and won the gratitude of the people for healing with salt its barren ground and waters.
√ Elisha inherited the wonder-working power of Elijah. Here are some examples:
He relieved the widow from a hard creditor by multiplying the small amount of oil she had so she could repay her indebtedness and provide for her family. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
He rewarded the rich lady for her hospitality by obtaining for her from God the birth of her son and then later the resurrection of her child. (2 Kings 4:8-37)
He nourished the sons of prophets pressed by famine. (2 Kings 4:38-41)
He cured Namaan from leprosy by asking him to wash 7 times in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5:1-19)
√ When Elisha was near death, Joash comes to mourn over his approaching death and speaks the same words Elisha spoke when Elijah was taken away, “My father, my father! The chariot of Israel, the horsemen thereof.” (2 Kings 13:14-19)