What does 2nd Kings chapter 19 verse 19 mean?

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What does 2nd Kings chapter 19 verse 19 mean?

1 Kings 19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

Elijah passed by Elisha and “cast his mantle (outer cloak) upon him.” This act was not a real anointing, for Elijah only temporarily put his mantle on Elisha and then took it back. (We know that Elijah kept the mantle at this time, for later he wrapped it up and smote the waters of the river Jordan.) Therefore, casting the mantle on Elisha was a premonition of something that would happen later; namely, Elisha became the successor when the mantle fell from Elijah at his translation (2 Kings 2:11-14). At that time, the mantle of authority became the properly of Elisha.

For more information on this subject see our verse by verse study on 2 Kings Chapter 19

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