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What’s Going To Happen To Your Mantle?

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What’s Going To Happen To Your Mantle?

As a father and a grandfather, it becomes easy for me to see the importance of imparting things both natural and spiritual to my children and grandchildren.

It is important in my mind that they all have the benefit of learning from my mistakes and life experiences. It’s not right that I should make them start where I started. I want them to be able to start where I finished. After all, I had help. I want to boost them as high as I can and then let them build on from there.

Look at these Bible characters. One Prophet passed his mantle, one didn’t. To a Prophet, his mantle was an important and powerful symbol.


1. Cast his mantle on Elisha as he passed by as an invitation to join him in ministry.

  • 1Kings 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.

2. Used it to perform miracles.

  • 2Kings 2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

3. Left his mantle behind as a gift to his protégé.

  • 2Kings 2:13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
  • 2Kings 2:14 And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

That is the story we love to preach about. The power packed lives and ministries of those men are not easily forgotten. They impacted their generations.


Where would you have to go to find a better example of what a Prophet should be?

Yet his sons were wicked. They had not learned to love the things of God as had Samuel. Regardless, he promoted them and appointed them judges even though God had not sanctioned them.

  • 1Sam. 8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
  • 1Sam. 8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.
  • 1Sam. 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

In King Saul’s final hours he visits the witch of Endor. The Prophet Samuel has died. Saul has no direction. God has ignored him. He asks the witch to bring up Samuel so he can talk to him.

  • 1Sam. 28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
  • 1Sam. 28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
  • 1Sam. 28:13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
  • 1Sam. 28:14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

Samuel died still in possession of his mantle.

I wonder how different some chapters would have read if his mantle had been passed on.

Don’t die still wrapped up in your mantle. Take the time to invest yourself in the following generations.

  • Don’t get too possessive of your mantle!
  • Someone else really needs you to give it to them.
  • There’s still much work to be done in God’s Kingdom.

What’s Going To Happen To Your Mantle?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

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  1. A great and timely message. Many of our churches are suffering today because someone didn’t train their successor. Rather, in many cases it becomes a battle between the old and young leaders.
    As always great insight…

    Gerald Adams

    May 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  2. This is profound beyond words! I get new insight every time I read your posts.

    Dr. John Scheel

    May 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

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