Elisa, 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).