Jesus speaks of two great prophets. Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was the one taken up in a fiery chariot. Elisha had followed Elijah.
The promise was that Elisha asked for a double portion of the spirit that Elijah had received. Elijah told him that wish would be granted if Elisha witnesses Elijah being taken up into heaven. And that is what happens.
Elijah was colorful and erratic character and was known throughout Israel as a prophet. Elisha lived with his parents, and we would probably call him a farm boy. He was plowing when Elijah walked by. Once he received the mantle from Elijah he moved to the cities and gave advice to the nation’s leaders.
It would seem that they would know of the healing ministry that was given to Elisha. So, when Naaman (pronounced nah – man) comes to seek healing from leprosy, it is surprising that the leaders do not know the healing gifts Naaman has. As Jesus said, a prophet is not accepted in his native place.
I think we see this in our lives today. Think of the people you graduated with. I would imagine there are some who really did some outstanding things, just not here. They moved away. Perhaps they thought they could not be successful in their native land.
Jesus’ hometown is Nazareth. Perhaps they only see Jesus as the son of a carpenter. They refused to look outside of the box. It might seem comfortable living only in our comfort zone, but we should call it what it is. It is not a comfort zone; it is a prison cell. This week, think of the things that are keeping you locked up.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen