Loyalty, Grizzly Bears, & Elisha

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Loyalty, Grizzly Bears and Elijah... a study in the Biblical study of loyalty

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Loyalty, Grizzly Bears, & Elisha:

Loyalty, Grizzly Bears, & Elisha From Character Sketches, Vol. 1, IBLP, 1983, pages 62-75

What is character???:

What is character??? The qualities built into an individual's life that determine his or her response, regardless of circumstances. Our behaviors show our character & demonstrate what we are ~“fruit” grows from our character, & by our fruit we will be known…

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Loyalty or Unfaithfulness? Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve; knowing & following the wishes of those responsible for me… 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong .

Grizzly facts…:

Grizzly facts… can live roughly 25 years in the wild is known for great strength can be up to 8’ long/tall if standing on its hind legs can weigh between 500-800# when full grown the only bear with a hump on its shoulders fiercely protects its own…Prov. 17:12 wanders widely in its habitat of timber ranges and mountains

The range/habitat in North America:

The range/habitat in North America

Ursus horribilis:

Ursus horribilis Mother bears , like all good mothers, takes special care t o raise & protect her young. Like all babies, cubs are curious & must be taught to respect & pay attention to her ~ follow her lead, spoken & unspoken, without question. If they don’t, the result can be devastating…

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Moms teach where to find the favorite berries & other green plants, how to dig, how to pin a fish to a rock or the bed of a stream , & just what to do when sensing danger…cubs are curious, playful, & not naturally fearful of man nor beast…

Training is necessary to survive…:

Training is necessary to survive… Cubs will not survive without being taught to fear natural enemies, avoid man, prepare for winter sleep (fasting; digging out a den; building a bed of evergreen branches, needles & leaves) & even how to roll stones to find delectable grubs…

How does the story of Elijah & Elisha illustrate the importance of sensing/discerning & then following the intents of your leaders/authorities? :

How does the story of Elijah & Elisha illustrate the importance of sensing/discerning & then following the intents of your leaders/authorities?

Why was it hard for Elisha to follow Elijah? :

Why was it hard for Elisha to follow Elijah? 1 Kings 19:19 His family was prominent & he stood to inherit considerable wealth 1 Kings 19:20 He had a good relationship with his parents

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1 Kings 19:19 2 Kings 3:11 He was evidently helping to manage the farm he would eventually own and was foreman over at least 11 servants… 2 Kings 2:23; 1 Kings 19:2; 1 Kings 21:20 He had a secure and peaceful life…

Was he being disobedient?:

Was he being disobedient? 1 Kings 20:22, 26; 22:7, 51 He had evidently been his companion and servant close to six years. He had learned to “read” Elijah during this time, and understood his intents and inflections… He was probably aware of the mistake of Elijah’s former servant, who did not stay with the prophet (never to be mentioned in Scripture again), the man Elisha replaced… 1 Kings 19:2-3

Was he greedy?:

Was he greedy? 2 Kings 2:9 This is a Hebraic idiom which reads “let a mouth or two of thy spirit be upon me”… Deut. 21:17 In the Mosaic Law it refers to the right of the first-born son to receive twice the inheritance of his younger brothers since it was to be his responsibility to take over as head of the family… Elijah was consider the father of the prophets… 2 Kings 2:3-5

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Elijah was considered the father of the prophets… 2 Kings 2:3-5 Elisha was to be his successor and expected to maintain Elijah’s work, at least twice the responsibility of Elijah’s other followers… Greed? No… faith, dependence and humility; realizing the enormity of the work, he requested the tools to do the work with honor and power.

Elisha’s loyalty to Elijah was shown by…:

Elisha’s loyalty to Elijah was shown by… a choice between a cloke and a plow… dealing with the past… a public demonstration to free himself from the past and be fully engaged in the future... submitting to the changes from an important farmer to servant… 2 Kings 3:11 facing the final test…

So, how do we stack up?:

So, how do we stack up? Do we learn the nuances of those we serve? Do we check our own responses when asked to serve? Are we willing to lay down our plans for others?

Review:

Review Loy•al•ty n. 1: the quality or state of being faithful to a person or institution to whom fidelity is due. 2: the tie binding a person to that to which he is loyal.

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Loyalty is a word of Latin origin. It comes from the Latin word lex , which means “law.” The basis of loyalty is principle, not circumstance. For example, a person who keeps commitments during good times but backs down when pressures increase is not loyal, but unfaithful.

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Loyalty vs. Unfaithfulness Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve (John 15:13) John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

On a final note…:

On a final note… As the winter of 1776 brought discouragement to many patriots of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine captured the essence of loyalty by saying, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country….”

Remember, don’t be a summer patriot for the Lord…:

Remember, don’t be a summer patriot for the Lord… serve my family, friends, authorities, and others in need encourage others in hard times not mock authorities point out the good in others honor my country To practice Loyalty, I will...

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