Have you ever been with someone who talked too much?
Especially if you are a cut and dried, "just the facts, Ma'am" type of person?
I can be one of those...
My wife is a non talker.
I am a talker.
We have been married a long time, so I know when she is totally not interested and tuning me out.
I have learned to say, "Do you want the short version, or the long version?"
Today we run into a vital piece of communication. It is the "passing of the mantle" of prophetic leadership in Israel from Elijah to Elisha.
As you can see, they did not believe in over communicating.
The Call of Elisha
19 "So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!”
Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”
21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant."
He just goes up, throws his cloak over his shoulders and walks away?
No, "The Lord has chosen you??"
We will see later, that Elisha doesn't talk a lot either.