2 Kings 2

2 Kings 2 has a passing of the torch from Elijah, a great prophet, to Elijah who was his understudy.  Elijah’s time on earth is coming to a close as “the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind”.  One of the very few who don’t die to get to heaven – Elijah was just going to be taken up.  And it was a well-known fact – as everywhere Elijah and Elisha went, the prophets were aware of what was coming.  Elijah tells Elisha to stop following and just stay, but Elisha would have no part of that.  “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you”.

That’s what it means to be a follower – nothing can pry you away.  Nothing will separate you from the one you follow.  Elijah tells Elisha to stay behind on three occasions in this passage, and each time Elisha says no.  He was going to stay with his master and teacher til the end.  As they journeyed they came to the Jordan River and needed to cross.  So rather than call a boat, Elijah just rolled up his cloak and struck the water and it parted.  A lot like Moses and the sea – so the two of them crossed on dry land to the other side.

Then came the big moment.  “Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you’”.  Here’s the chance for Elisha to line his pockets and get all the stuff he wants.  So what was his request?  “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me”.  No money.  No stuff.  No personal gain at all.  Just more of his master.  And Elijah’s response?  “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so”.  The pressure is on.  He has to be with Elijah when he is taken up to receive his request.

It wasn’t long before God did the deed and “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven”.  Elisha was there and saw it happen, so his request came true and he struck the water with Elijah’s cloak to return across and the prophets of Jericho saw it happen.  They said “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha”.  God had transferred the power.  The Spirit of the Lord was now resting upon Elisha and he has taken up the power of being the prophet God would use.  He immediately puts that to the test, as if crossing the Jordan wasn’t enough.  A bad water supply is healed when he simply puts some salt into a bowl and casts in into the water.  He “healed the water” and gave the people what they desperately needed – clean water.

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