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Read 2 Kings 2:1-12


Read 2 Kings 2:1-12

The time came for the Lord to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elijah and Elisha set out from Gilgal, 2and on the way Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to Bethel.”
But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on to Bethel.
3 A group of prophets who lived there went to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”
“Yes, I know,” Elisha answered. “But let’s not talk about it.”
4 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to Jericho.”
But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on to Jericho.
5 A group of prophets who lived there went to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”
“Yes, I know,” Elisha answered. “But let’s not talk about it.”
6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Now stay here; the Lord has ordered me to go to the River Jordan.”
But Elisha answered, “I swear by my loyalty to the living Lord and to you that I will not leave you.” So they went on, 7and 50 of the prophets followed them to the Jordan. Elijah and Elisha stopped by the river, and the 50 prophets stood a short distance away. 8Then Elijah took off his cloak, rolled it up, and struck the water with it; the water divided, and he and Elisha crossed to the other side on dry ground. 9There, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what you want me to do for you before I am taken away.”
“Let me receive the share of your power that will make me your successor,”d Elisha answered.
10 “That is a difficult request to grant,” Elijah replied. “But you will receive it if you see me as I am being taken away from you; if you don’t see me, you won’t receive it.”
11 They kept talking as they walked on; then suddenly a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire came between them, and Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind. 12Elisha saw it and cried out to Elijah, “My father, my father! Mighty defender of Israel! You are gone!” And he never saw Elijah again.

Think

Elijah was a powerfully anointed prophet.  The stories of his miracles and work are recorded in 1 Kings 17-19, 21 and 2 Kings 1-2.  Elijah calls the people of Israel to renounce Baal and worship Yahweh (the God of Israel).  He points Israel to their God.

Pray

Elijah reminds us that you are God.  Purify our worship; help us to offer our lives to you fully.


9 2.9: Dt 21:17
d the share ... successor: Elisha asked for the share that the firstborn son inherited by law from his father (see Deut 21:17).
12 2.12: 2 K 13:14

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