2 Kings 2:9-10
And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. [Dake]
A double portion, proving that there are different measures of the Holy Spirit and power which men have received.
It is a fact that men have done things in a miraculous way according to the measure of the Spirit they have received. It is also a fact, that to claim any one of these measures without power to do the things intended to accomplished by such a measure is stating an untruth and making a false claim.
If one has any degree of power or any gift of the Spirit he will be able to do at all times what the power or gift is designed for and given to accomplish.
[v 10] Heb. Qashah, hard; severe; tough; difficult. It is translated ‘hard labor [Gen. 35:16-17]; hard causes in the sense of being difficult [Dt. 1:17; 15:18]. The true idea here is a difficult thing for me to grant and it was. How could a man impart twice as much as he, himself had? How could he give something that he did not have? The answer is by faith and Jehovah honoring him in requesting a double portion for Elisha. Some would have been jealous of a successor receiving more with which to do more than they, themselves did in life, but not so with anyone filled with God in any special sense.
It was so, for the record shows that Elijah experienced 16 miracles besides the translation and Elisha experienced 32 – double the number, and some twice as great [p.394]. For instance, Elijah shut the heavens for 3 ½ years; [Jas. 5:17] and Elisha shut them for 7 years [8:1].
For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. [Dake]
Different measures of the Spirit:
1 – Mosaic portion [Num. 11:17, 25].
2 – Mosaic portion divided into 71 portions [Num. 11:16-17, 25-29]
3 – Elijah portion [2 Ki. 2:9].
4 – Double portion [2 Ki. 2:9-10]
5 – Elijah portion on John the Baptist [Lk. 1:15-17].
6 – Earnest of the Spirit [2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; 1 Jn. 4:13; Phil. 1:19].
7 – The Spirit “without measure” [Jn. 3:34; Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1; Lk. 4:16-21; Acts 10:38]; Spirit baptism or baptismal measure [Matt. 3:11; 20:22-23; Lk. 3:16; Jn. 1:31-34; Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-21; 8:15-24; 10:44-48; 11:14-18; 15:7-11; 19:1-7; Gal. 3:14; the fullness of God [Eph. 3:19; Rom. 15:29]; the rivers of living water [Jn. 7:37-39]; and the full anointing of the Spirit and enduement of power from on high [Lk. 24:49; Jn. 14:12-15].