Sunday, July 31, 2005

Elijah succeeds Elisha

2 Kings 2:13-18

Elisha picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elisha and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the Lord God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching said, The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed down before him. "Look" they said, we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the spirit of the Lord picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley."
"No' Elisha replied "do not send them"
But they persisted until he was too ashamed to refuse. So he said "send them." And they sent fifty men, who searched for three days but did not find them. When they returned to Elisha, who was staying in Jericho, he said to them "Did I not tell you not to go?"

It's interestring that Elisha took the cloak after it fell from Elijah. I think that one reason that he grabbed it was because it was the cloak that Elijah covered him with when he first met Elijah. It's interesting that he calls out to God at the water. "Where is the Lord God of Elijah" It's like he is crying out to God, "Please let this work as I touch the water, please let your presence be with me." What did the people see when they saw Elisha? They obviously saw that the spirit of Elijah was resting on Elisha. Was it his presence like Moses? Was it the cloak? I wonder. I also find it ironic that a company of prophets did not know that God had taken Elijah up to heaven. Isn't that a typical response though. Let me go find him, perhaps he is up that mountain.

The next set of stories get very interesting. I am not sharing these passages so much as to teach them in depth, but as I read the word of God, I get to write about the things that are impacting my heart and the things that are giving me greater impact as I search for Gods truth as I study Elisha. With that, I'm off for tonight.

1 comment:

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