2 Kgs 2:1-25
It was eventually time for Elijah to depart, and this was to be at Gilgal by a whirlwind. So he went along with his servant Elisha. One remarkable thing about the protege is his persistence, he constantly abided with his master even in the face of challenges.
First, it was the sons of the prophets of Bethel. They knew Elijah was leaving, and they asked him whether he knew? They probably were wondering why he was following him about if he knew his master was departing soon. I remember Lionel Messi being unable to attend the press conference for the departure of his Barcelona football team manager – Guordiola. The emotion was just too much for him, probably the sons of prophets were expecting Elisha to feel the same way. The same sentiments were expressed by the sons of the prophets in Jericho, who also asked Elisha if he knew his master was leaving him. His response was frim, ” I know, hold your peace”.
Elisha’s resilience was underscored by the fact that even when his own master told him to stay behind twice, at Bethel and Jericho, he refused to leave his master. When both men got to Jordan, Elijah took his mantle and parted the river. Then Elisha made his intent known to his master: when asked, he told Elijah he wanted a double portion of his spirit. Though it was a hard request, Elijah told him it would be granted him if he saw him being taken away.
Elijah eventually departed through a whirlwind after a chariot of fire had parted them. Elisha rent his clothes into two, and then left with Elijah’s mantle. When he got to the Jordan river, using the mantle he called on the God of Elijah, and Jordan parted for him. This was proof to the sons of the prophets who were watching, and they knew that indeed Elijah’s spirit was on Elisha, and they bowed before him. People who persist eventually distinguish themselves in the purpose they have committed to. Elisha became renowned as a prophet of God, having received from Elijah.
At the end of the chapter, we saw Elijah being consulted for the poisonous water in a good land. He poured salt from a cruse into the water and the springs were healed. Also after being mocked by some children, at his cursing, two she bears came out and tore forty two of them. When I tried to figure this out,, the best I had was Henry Matthew’s explanation that Elisha’s action was not from his flesh but from God’s spirit, as he was on assignment from God. It was also a stamp on his authority as a prophet of God, and God would not allow his name to be mocked, in those dispensation judgement did come instantly to those who disobey him. Remember, Jesus said he could have asked God and he would send a host to protect him when he was capture in Gethsemane, but he decided no to ( Matt 26:53).
Are you persistently following in the right steps, do you hold on to be exalted? Learn from Elisha today!
Some verses to be remembered
vs 2: And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
vs 5: And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
vs 9: 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.
vs 15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.