30
Nov
15

Like Elijah

2 Kings 2:1-11 (NIV)

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.

 

As we read 2 Kings 2:1-12, we read of Elijah’s imminent departure from this world.  Elijah was travelling from city to city to see the prophets from places like Bethel and Jericho.  Elisha knew that their time together was drawing to a close.  He refused to leave Elijah’s side.  The prophets in each place reminded Elisha that Elijah was soon depart and Elisha asked them not to speak of it.  Elisha was filled with sorrow knowing that his friend and mentor would soon leave.

Saying goodbye is so hard.  Elisha knew that his friend was going to leave him, but he didn’t know how.  All he knew was that he would not leave Elijah’s side until it happened.  What was Elisha thinking when he saw the chariot of fire descend from Heaven to take Elijah up in a whirlwind?  Was he in awe of the way Elijah ascended?  Was he sad knowing he’d never see Elijah again?  Was he remembering all of the times they’d shared working for the Lord?  We’re not told, but it was probably a combination of these things.

Elisha had asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.  He knew that if he was going to continue Elijah’s work as the prophet of God, that he would need to be like him.  He knew what really mattered and that was working for God.  May we be like Elijah in our fervor for standing up for God and for what is right.  May the Holy Spirit fill us as we oppose the forces of evil and wickedness.  May we the light of Jesus and speak out against the darkness.  For one day, we will see Him coming from Heaven to take us to our eternal home.

PRAYER: Father God, help me to be bold like Elijah who remained steadfast for you during his time on earth.  May I do what is right and shine the light of Jesus in the darkness.  Thank You for rescuing me and saving me through Your Son Jesus.  Amen.

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