as illustrated in the words and ways of the prophet Elisha
by J T Mawson
£8.75 (UK); $14.75 (USA) - available from STP or online bookshops.
- ISBN-10: 0-901860-64-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-64-4
- Price: £8.75 (UK); $14.75 (USA)
- Binding: Paperback
- Publication date: 30 March 2007
- Author: John Thomas Mawson
- Edition: 2nd
- Series: Understanding the Old Testament
- Height: 216 mm
- Pages: 192 pages
- BIC Subject heading: tba
- Place of publication: Morpeth, England
- Publisher: Scripture Truth
- Distributor: Lightning Source
The author uses scenes from Elisha's experience to meditate on the later, and perfect, life of Jesus Christ, as he develops his theme of "the secret of spiritual victory, peace and joy".
This book considers the life of Elisha, a remarkable prophet: of all the men who served God in Old Testament days, he stands out as the prophet of grace, and in that he was a foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ in His present place on the throne of grace in heaven, the Administrator of the grace of God to men. Only a shadow, and not the very image of Him, and as the shadow is nothing and the Substance is everything, so Elisha is nothing, except as his thrilling story does pictorially set before us the all-sufficient grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. And that is something, and well worthy of our study, for who can do without the Saviour and His grace? The procession of needy folk with their burdens and ills and problems and sorrows pass before Elisha in its pages. We watch them as they come and go, and recognise our own spiritual needs portrayed in them; but as Elisha was the man for them all, so is his great Antitype the Man for us. It is of Him the author writes, joyfully, thankfully, and with a full assurance. The author uses scenes from Elisha's experience to meditate on the later, and perfect, life of Jesus Christ, as he develops his theme of "the secret of spiritual victory, peace and joy".
First published in 1932 and reprinted c1946, this edition amends typographical errors in Scripture references and adds references omitted.
Other editions by J T Mawson are available from STP.
Table of Contents
1: "And Elisha went over" (How the Lord reached the Throne of Grace)
2. Salt in a New Cruse (How those who are learning that in them dwells no good thing may be delivered)
3. "Bring Me a Minstrel" (How discordant lives may be put into tune)
4. "Make this Valley full of Ditches" (How those who long for the blessing of God may secure it)
5. "What hast thou in the House?" (How bankrupt sinners may be freed and enriched)
6. A Chamber for the Man of God (How the abiding presence of the Lord may be gained)
7. "Is it well with thee?" (How broken hearts may find solace and blessing in sorrow)
8. "A Dearth in the Land" (How those who are troubled about it may discover the reason and the remedy)
9. "There is Death in the Pot" (How Christians affect one another, and what to do when many suffer)
10. "Then bring Meal" (How the works of the flesh are rebuked, and how life may take the place of death)
11. "Go and Wash" (How a sin-stricken sinner may find healing and peace)
12. "Go in Peace" (How the healed one finds assurance)
13. The Axe-Head Did Swim (How those who are dead may have eternal life)
14. "He saved Himself, not once nor twice" (How to escape the snares of the Devil)
15. "Horses and Chariots of Fire" (How to be without fear of our foes)
16. "Shall I smite them?" (How good may triumph over evil)
17. "A Day of Good Tidings" (How the famine was changed to a feast)
18. "They went after them unto Jordan" (How those who believe are relieved by the true meaning of the Cross of Christ)
19. Judgment Without Mercy (How grace refused means certain judgment)
20. The Weeping King and the Way of Victory (How victory may follow defeat)
21. "And Elisha Died ... and the Man Revived" (How life springs out of death)
John Thomas Mawson (1871-1943) was an outstanding evangelist, teacher and author. He edited and contributed to "Scripture Truth" magazine from its inception in 1909 until 1943 (initially sharing the editorship with H D R Jameson, until the latter's death in 1912). The content of some of his books was originally delivered in series of talks to Christians, young and old, and his writings have a pleasant conversational style about them which makes them easy to follow. His comment on the story of Elisha as "enlightening to the mind and delightful to the heart" describes well his own written ministry.