The call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:19-19:21)

“Elijah set out from there. He found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him. He was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said. ‘Let me kiss my father and my mother. Then I will follow you.’ Then Elijah said to him. ‘Go back again! For what have I done to you?’ He returned from following him. He took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them. Using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh. He gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah. He became his servant.”

After Elijah left Mount Horeb, he found Elisha, which was the 3rd command of Yahweh. Elisha was plowing with 12 oxen. Notice the number 12. Elijah did not anoint him, but put his mantle over him. Elisha wanted to say good-bye to his parents, but Elijah was offended. Then Elisha killed all his oxen and offered a sacrifice to share this with the people. He then became the servant of Elijah.