Elisha, son of Shaphat, was a prophet from Abel Meholah in Gilead. He lived in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash.
Elisha was Elijah’s student (1 Kgs 19:19) and when Elijah was taken up into heaven in a fiery chariot (2 Kgs 2:11).Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle (2 Kgs 2:13), struck it on the waters of the Jordan River and said:
Where is the LORD God of Elijah? And he also had smitten the waters they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over (2 Kgs 2:14).
Elisha then began his service as a prophet of God and like Elijah, performed some extraordinary miracles.
The water of a town was bad and the town was slowly dying so Elisha healed the water with salt (2 Kgs 3:19-22).
He cursed 42 children for mocking him and two bears came and ate them (2 Kgs 3:23-25).
He brought a Shunammite woman’s dead son to life (2 Kgs 4:32-37).
He cured Naaman, a general from Damascus, of leprosy (2 Kgs 5:9-14).
He multiplied loaves of barley and ears of grain to feed a crowd of people (2 Kgs 4:38-44).
When him and his servant were surrounded he showed that they were protected by God (2 Kgs 6:13-17).
He caused a metal ax head to float on water (2 Kgs 6:5-6).
He caused an attacking Aramean army to go blind and then returned their sight (2 Kgs 6:18-20).
Among other miracles he filled large empty vessels with oil (2 Kgs 4:1-6).
Elisha had a member of his company of prophets anoint Jehu to be king of Israel, and to kill Jezebel and members of Ahab’s household which Jehu completed (2 Kgs 9:1-37).
When Elisha was on his deathbed he prophesied to Joash, King of Israel, that Israel will win the next three battles with Aram. When Elisha was being buried the body of another man was placed in the same grave, but when the dead man’s body touched Elisha’s he came back to life and stood on his feet (2 Kgs 13:21).
The story of Elisha is found in 1 Kings 19:19 and 2 Kings 2:12-13:20.