Memorable Scripture: The company you keep

But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?”
So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.” 2 Kings 3:11

Elisha is a fairly new prophet. He witnessed the ministry of Elijah and his translation into heaven.
Elisha performed two miracles before his encounter with the kings of Judah, Israel, and Edom.
But what is it that closely associates him as a prophet?
He poured water on the hands of Elijah, that is, Elisha was Elijah’s servant or helper.
Just because you a prophets helper does not mean you are a prophet.
Elisha’s servant is Gehazi and he is not a prophet but a greedy man.
Yet Elisha is a prophet.
Aesop said, “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

I remember a few years ago a man came to me and confess to making a drug deal. He had come to church to make a new start but an old friend stopped by his home and asked him to go with him.
He told me, “I knew where he was going and I knew what he was going to do! And I went with him and bought some too!”
I told him, “You need some new friends!”

The Bible has more to say on the subject.

  • Prov 13:20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
  • Prov 14:7 – Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
  • Ps 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
  • Prov 22:24-25 – Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.
  • 1 Cor 5:11 – But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person.
  • 2 Cor 6:14 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
  • 1 Cor 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

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