Isaiah 61:1-3 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” NASB
We have considered some examples of Double Portion in Scripture. We looked at The Right of the Firstborn, Double Manna, and Double Rain. Now we will look at a few more in our pursuit of understanding and implementation of the Double Portion Promise of God in our lives.
There Was The System of Double Retribution. Exodus 22:4
This law kept crime at an incredibly low rate in Israel, when practiced. I suggest it would also reduce crime significantly in today’s society if we did the same. If something was stolen, it was God’s Judgment that the thief had to restore DOUBLE what was stolen. That is Double not simply pay a fine or do jail time. They had to restore to the victim double even if it meant they had to work for that victim until the debt was paid.
God never says, “Just grin and bear it.” He never says, “I know life is hard, so just tough it out.” He says, “Double.” You get back Double when the thief is caught and identified. That is a powerful deterrent to crime and a deserved blessing to the victim.
There Was Double Anointing with Elisha & Elijah. 2 Kings 2:9
Elisha had served Elijah for ten years in practical service and apprenticeship. Elijah knew he was about to be taken to heaven, so he asked Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you?” Elisha asked, for a “Double Portion of Elijah’s Anointing.” That is incredible. The message should be, “Never settle for too little.” Go for the double portion. Elisha refused to be sidetracked and pressed in and receive the Double Portion Anointing.
The prophecies in both testaments declare that the spirit of Elijah will be at work in the earth before Jesus returns. Elijah brought forth the Double Portion Anointing. My question is, “Where is the hunger today?” Jesus said that we are to ‘ask, seek, and knock.’ We must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. We must never be satisfied with second best but press into God’s best. There is a harvest to be reaped and a double portion anointing is needed if not required to fulfill that mission.
There Was Double Restoration. Job 42:10
God always and I mean always rewards those who suffer when pursuing His purposes. If, for a time, you suffer then seek and expect a double portion blessing not a double portion of suffering. There was no pride in Job. There was no self-sufficiency. There was trust and dependence on God. This Double Restoration may cost something, but it is worth it.
There Was the Doubling of Talents. Matthew 25:14-30
One of the servants in the parable was given five talents and through diligence and labor, his five became ten. The master honored him with more because he expected and dared to use what he had been given. Some illustrations of the Double Portion reveal diligence and faithfulness are rewarded. Whatever God gives us, if we are faithful with it, it can and will become a Double Portion.
Each of those seven examples I have listed show us different responsibilities and possible dangers. God wants us to understand this principle or law so that we can be people who operate in a Double Portion of God’s Blessings to bless and set others free.
We have considered the Inheritance rights of the firstborn. We have seen the double portion of the Bread of Life and the Double Rain or Blessing. We have seen the principle of that which is stolen from us being restored double. We have the promise of a double portion anointing in our lives. We have God’s promise of restoration of double when we have suffered and lost serving him. Then we considered the need to diligently apply ourselves and be rewarded doubly in the use of our gifts and talents in service to God.
Hopefully, this has produced a seed of desire in your hearts to have the Double Portion God has promised. I hope that each of us fully embraces the reality and truth that this is a valid desire for today. If we do, it will motivate us to become radically different and determined to press into His presence and receive the Double Portion.
Let’s become a Double Portion People.