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I have often wondered if God deliberately intended for the miracles of Elisha to be a preview of the miracles our Savior would perform, as a way of verification of Jesus Deity.

    • Elijah brought the dead son of the Shunammite back to life in 2 Kings 4:33 thru 35.
    • Jesus brought the daughter of a certain ruler back to life in Matthew 9:24 and 25, and also Lazarus in John 11:43.

    Both were preceded by a prayer.

    • Elijah turned a small amount of oil into an abundance in 2 Kings 4:1-7.
    • Jesus turned water into wine in John 2:1-10.
    • Elisha turned poison stew into good stew to feed a hungry group in 2 Kings 4:38-41, and fed a hundred men with twenty barley loaves and a few ears of corn in 2 Kings 4:42 and 43.
    • Jesus fed 4,000 with a few fishes and loaves in Matthew 14:15-20, and 5,000 in Luke 16 and 17.
    • Elisha cured Naaman of Leprosy in 2 Kings 5:1-14.
    • Jesus cured 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19.
    • Elisha made an iron axe head float in 2 Kings 6:5-7.
    • Jesus made himself and Peter to walk on water in John 6:19 and 20, and in Matthew 14:25-29.

It seems to me that these miracles are too uncommonly alike to be merely coincidental. Have any prominent theologians or teachers made the same connection?

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I apologize since in reviewing my question I realize that it is asking for an opinion rather than some doctrinal answer. –  BYE Oct 15 '13 at 16:18
At first I thought you were asking about Elijah, but you are talking about Elisha... Very interesting similarities and I believe that they were a foreshadowing of the miracles of Jesus. –  jlaverde Oct 15 '13 at 16:24
@ Ryan Frame Thanks for the edits they really helped. –  BYE Oct 15 '13 at 20:11
all of the works mentioned were performed and enabled by a common will, the will of God the Father. –  Rick Oct 15 '13 at 21:33
Tim Keller has an awesome sermon series on the similarities. –  Mr. Bultitude Sep 16 '14 at 19:17

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Two salient facts should inform the reasoning:

  1. At the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was shown to be in league with the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah).

  2. Elisha had asked to receive a "double share" of Elijah's gifts - and that was granted. Elisha performed many of the same miracles that had accompanied Elijah's ministry.

Jesus, then, was shown to be a prophet performing the same miracles as a prophet. That these miracles were similar would have the effect of showing that Jesus was fully a prophet (in addition to being fully the lawgiver and fully God) in a way that would have made sense to those who already knew the works and role of the prophets from the Ketuv'im.

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