Up on a high mountain, out of a cave in the desert, comes a man holding a large garment, a robe, made of a rough white brown material.
It is a ‘mantle’… it’s made of camels hair, like the one Elijah wore… like the one cast onto to Elisha’s shoulders, signifying that Elisha would follow Elijah, as a prophet unto the Lord.
CAN you imagine being Elisha and feeling Elijah’s mantle coming over you? ” It must have been overwhelming, He must have felt totally inadequate.
Yet, many others felt inadequate also in the past, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Peter, they felt unworthy for a good reason, the mantle was too big, it didn’t fit.
In Hebrew the mantle is called, The aderet, Aderet means large, big, great, wide, powerful, excellent, noble, mighty, and glorious, you see the mantle is bigger and greater, than the one it is given to.
The Aderet, speaks of greatness, and there will be times when you will struggle with it’s magnitude in comparison to who you are. It is greater than the one it is given to.
‘ Why does God give mantles that are too big and don’t fit? Your mantle is not meant to fit who you are, but who you are to be, who you are to become.
When you were a child, your parents probably bought clothes that were too big, the clothes weren’t meant to fit who you were, but who you would become. Your mantle must be beyond you. You can grow into them. You can become more glorious and powerful than you are now.
EMBRACE your mantle…your Aderet, accept its greatness, and that it’s over and above you, believe it, and by God, rise to it.
Reference 1 Kings 19:19– 1 Corinthians 1 26-31– 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 and Ephesians 4:1.
Comments: I’ve been studying in Jonathan Cahn’s great book The Book Of Mysteries… I Came Upon This study about the Aderet, as I was having self-doubt and questioning my worthiness to serve the Lord, I think we make the mistake of feeling we have to be perfect, which none of us are, I know I’m not, my prayer is often…’LORD I’m not much, but here I am’… it gave me courage, it seems like the Lord has been working from the beginning with the imperfect, he doesn’t have a choice.
Hats off to Jonathan Cahn, for giving permission to use his studies on a Blog, my blog…. also my experiences and comments.