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Meditations on 2 Kings 2

Posted by Adam Graham on July 27, 2006

This chapter focuses on Elijah going up to Heaven. Three times Elijah tries to get Elisha to go back as Elijah trecks from Bethel, to Jericho, and then across Jordan.

Elisha knew Elijah was going (vs. 3, 5)up to Heaven, but he kept following. He knew what was happening. Like Jacob wrestling with the angel, he wouldn’t let go. There are times when God tests our endurance. Are we serious about serving Him? Are we serious about following the vision God has given us?

Elisha also had to be spiritually sensitive. Scripture doesn’t record Elijah telling Elisha about it and context tells us that he didn’t. He had to be spiritually sensitive and aware to know what God was doing. When the sons of the Prophets came up to tell him this, he already knew. He knew because he was attentive to the Spirit.

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (vs. 9-11)

Elisha asked “a hard thing” and this was coming from a man who raised the dead. Too often, we limit God and what God can do for us by our own lack of faith. Elisha knew what God could do and that nothing was impossible for him.

God once again tested Elisha’s focus, as the Chariot of Fire was a distraction, but Elisha kept his eyes on Elijah. So, we must keep our eyes on what God has called us to.

Sometimes, people will come with us with all kinds of things and they’re not all bad. Many are good, but what is God’s focus? If God has called you to the pro-life work, it’d be foolish to leave that work without his permission and go and work on helping the persecuted Church. If you’ve been called to help the Persecuted Church, you’d be foolish to leave that to go and camp outside an abortion clinic.

Now, this isn’t to say you might not help out with some other project that’s outside your calling, like you may give money to Voice of the Martyrs, or you may pray at a Pro-Life event. You also have to be flexible to following God who can move you from one focus to another. But, if you move, you have to ask, are you following God, or have you taken your eyes off of what you were intended to do?

He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. (vs. 13, 14)

What did Elisha do with Elijah gone? The same thing he’d seen his teacher do. Peter did the same thing in the healing of Tabitha, as Andrea pointed out a few months back.

Here is an illustration of the need for discipleship in the church. We need those who will set a godly example, whom we can follow as they follow Christ. Those who are older Christians who undertake this, must be careful for those who seek their advice and guidance will follow them.

Finally, in verses 23 and 24:

And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. (vs. 23, 24)

This was not about an insult to the person of Elisha, as I’ve heard some baldheaded ministers suggest, rather it was an insult on who Elisha represented. It is what happened in a nation where a lack of piety was taught, where there was no respect for God or the things he represents. It was not a single act, but it was a lifestyle of disrespecting God from an early age.

We live in a day of grace, so bears will not attack a group of children, but other consequences which are the natural result of failing to fear God will follow our lives and the lives of our children if we teach them no respect or fear of Almighty God.

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2 Responses to “Meditations on 2 Kings 2”

  1. God have mercy on our souls

  2. Amen, Andrea.

    Amen, Adam.

    These posts have been very edifying to me lately and I appreciate you spending the time to write them.

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