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  • Alan Fong

The Clothes Make the Man

Today’s Verse:

He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; 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. ~2 Kings 2:13-14

The idiom, “The clothing makes the man,” implies that a person’s character is judged by his clothing and appearance. We tend to make quick judgment about people based on the type of clothing they are wearing, or the lack thereof. This morning, we are considering the mantle of Elijah that was passed to Elisha. We want to see how this mantle made Elijah and Elisha the kind of men that they were.

We see the PECULIARITY in the mantle.

The mantle was typically a garment of outer clothing made of fur or fine material. Elijah was described as a “hairy man,” which referred to the furry exterior of the mantle he wore. It symbolized th