“The word of the Lord is with him” (v12). With the prophet of Elijah gone, and idolatry widespread in northern Israel and Judah, it was important that God’s power and truth be displayed through the new prophet, Elisha. When the three kings and their troops ran out of water, he prophesied that God would miraculously provide both water – “a light thing in the sight of the Lord” (v18) – and victory over the Moabites. God’s power had not disappeared with Elijah; He was still at work among His people.
“As the Lord of hosts lives …” (v14). God’s saving power and anointing are not confined to certain people and places; He is alive and at work in all generations.