Do It Justice (2 Kings 2:9)

There are some songs that are immediately associated with one artist or musical group. Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody. The Rolling Stones and Satisfaction. Frank Sinatra and My Way. The list is extensive and many undoubtedly have their own favorites and examples. Thus, whenever an artist or group decides to cover a well-known song intimately associated with another, it may be a risky venture, and only with rare exceptions does the new version do justice to the original version. While I could list some examples, it would only serve to generate more controversy and, ironically, prove my point!

When the prophet Elisha was anointed to take over for the great prophet Elijah, I wonder if similar thoughts of inadequacy went through his mind when he made this request to his mentor.

When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.” 

2 Kings 2:9 (NLT)

Everyone knew Elijah. He was a prophet of God who performed many miracles in His name. To be anointed as his successor was an intimidating role to accept. How could Elisha do justice to Elijah’s legacy? He asked for a double share of his spirit! Elisha wanted to be doubly blessed with the same power that God bestowed upon Elijah. What was the result? Elisha not only did justice to the great name of Elijah, but God also used him to perform even more miracles. Elisha’s achievements are spoken with as great reverence as Elijah’s!

Classic songs redone by newer artists will always generate debate and discussion about whether the new version did justice to the original. This is a fallible man re-interpreting what a fallible man has created. When God intervenes, it is our supreme Creator building upon His infallible perfect plan, using fallible man to fulfill His infallible purpose. 

God always does justice to Himself!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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