The Spirit of the LORD in I and II Kings: Apostolic Pneumatology

Elisha Employ's Elijah's Mantle

There are three references to the Spirit of the LORD in I and II Kings. They involve Obadiah, the manager of Ahab’s house, a false prophet named Zedekiah, and the sons of the prophets.

Since Zedekiah was a false prophet, the only thing we learn from him is that he understood that the Spirit of the Lord spoke to true prophets. He claimed, falsely, that this had been the case when he prophesied military victory for the king of Israel.

Obadiah feared the Lord, and his reference to the Spirit of the Lord shows that he believed it possible that the Spirit could carry a person from one place to another, as happened in the New Testament era in the case of the evangelist Philip. (See Acts 8:39-40.) The sons of the prophets also believed the Spirit of the Lord could transport a person.

Now I turn my attention to the forty-one references to the Spirit in the Latter Prophets, which include Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve [Hosea – Malachi]. Keep in mind that I am conducting this study by following the order of the books  in the Hebrew Scriptures.