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September 6, 2013

God has stopped me in my study of Elijah at the point of 1 Kings 19:19 when Elijah put his cloak of animal hair on Elisha. This covering was sometimes worn by kings, but was usually associated with prophets. Elisha got the message immediately. In Bible times a person’s covering gave their identity. They were immediately recognized as royalty, peasant, leper, soldier, prophet, etc. Elisha knew his identity was now changed from farmer to prophet. This simple act by Elijah was as significant as our modern day ordination.

What I found today as I studied surprised me.

In the following verse, 39 versions on biblegateway.com used the word “excuse” instead of “cloak”.

“If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.” – John 15:22 (KJV)

“For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, [as] God is our witness.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:5 (AMP)

A cloak can be something where we conceal the truth, a false covering for anything we’re trying to hide. When we pretend to be someone or something we’re not, we’re hiding behind a cloak. Immediately I thought of a flasher. He hides his nakedness under a trench coat because he has ulterior motives. Then I was reminded of a quote I heard recently, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” – Lisa Apking.   I prayed for every person who will read this and all of your bloodline, that the covering of deception will be removed, that all secrets would be fully revealed, each person would choose to be covered in the forgiving Blood of Jesus, and cloaked in His righteousness.

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