1 Kings 19:1-3 . ELIJAH FLEES TO BEER-SHEBA.
1 Kings 19:19-21 . ELISHA FOLLOWS ELIJAH.
19. Elisha the son of Shaphat--Most probably he belonged to a family distinguished for piety, and for their opposition to the prevailing calf-worship.
ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen--indicating that he was a man of substance.
Elijah . . . cast his mantle upon him--This was an investiture with the prophetic office. It is in this way that the Brahmins, the Persian Sufis, and other priestly or sacred characters in the East are appointed--a mantle being, by some eminent priest, thrown across their shoulders. Elisha had probably been educated in the schools of the prophets.
20. what have I done to thee?--that is, Go, but keep in mind the solemn ceremony I have just performed on thee. It is not I, but God, who calls thee. Do not allow any earthly affection to detain you from obeying His call.
21. took a yoke of oxen--Having hastily prepared ( 2 Samuel 24:22 ) a farewell entertainment to his family and friends, he left his native place and attached himself to Elijah as his minister.