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ELIJAH SERIES: ELIJAH’S TRANSLATION

June 4, 2022

The scriptures never recorded the length of time that Elijah and Elisha spent together; neither did it reveal glimpses into the years of mentorship. Nevertheless, in 2 Kings 2:1-12, we see their last day together and Elijah’s translation into the heavens, leaving Elisha behind. And this chapter noted the fact Elijah, Elisha, and the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel and Jericho knew that God was going to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind but not the exact time of Elijah’s departure.

Elijah and Elisha started from Gilgal on this last day journey, went down to Bethel, proceeded to Jericho, and then to the Jordan River. At Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho, Elijah told Elisha to remain in these places; however, Elisha responded, “As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.” Additionally, as they passed through Bethel and Jericho, the sons of the prophets located in these areas said to Elisha, “Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? Elisha answered both times with the same response, “Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.”

When they reached the Jordan River, Elijah took his mantle and smote the waters, which divided and allowed them to pass through to the other side while the sons of the prophet watched them from a distance. Elijah knowing that his departure was imminent, asked Elisha what he could do for him. Commentaries believe Elisha viewed himself as Elijah’s son since the prophet did not have any natural sons; therefore, Elisha requested a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, as explained in Deuteronomy 21:17. Elijah informs Elisha, “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.” As they continued talking and walking, a chariot of fire with horses of fire appeared and separated them, and a whirlwind took Elijah up into heaven.

Seeing what was happening, Elisha cried, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.” Then in grief, he tore his clothes into two pieces and picked up Elijah’s mantle that fell from him as he was ascending to heaven.

My next series will be on Elisha, so I am limiting my thoughts to Elijah’s and Elisha’s interactions. When I do the Elisha series, I will blog about Elijah and Elisha’s initial meeting and then pick up from this point to continue the story of Elisha.

As I conclude this series on Elijah, let me share some nuggets that I gain from this chapter:

  • While in training, your commitment will be tested.
  • Don’t allow the words of others to deter you from your assignment.
  • Some realities are hard to hear.
  • Learn all you can while mentoring and teaching are available.
  • Departing from loved ones can be emotional.
  • In this life, stay busy as long as you can.
  • There are always spectators waiting to see what is going to happen.
  • Be a participator and not a spectator.
  • Being in the right place yields a positive reward.
  • Leadership may change, but God’s agenda remains the same.

This is the last blog in the Elijah Series. If you have missed any of the previous blogs, you can find them in the archives. I pray this series has enlightened and inspired you and look forward to the next series on Elisha.

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