Reflection on 2 Kings 2:1-12

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Scripture

Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

Observation

Elijah is soon to be taken up to heaven. He embarks on a journey, along with Elisha whom Elijah keeps on encouraging to stay, but Elisha insists on following him.

At Bethel, the company of prophets comes out and tells Elisha that the Lord is going to take Elijah away. Elijah tells them not to speak about this. This scenario is repeated at Jericho.

Elijah and Elisha cross the Jordan river at Jericho. Elijah asks Elisha what he can do for him. Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.

A fiery chariot and horses come down and separate Elijah from Elisha, and Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind.

Application

Elisha is a true spiritual son to Elijah, and this is shown in his behaviour on this last day of Elijah’s life.

* he refuses to leave Elijah’s side as it becomes clear that Elijah is about to leave the earth

* he refuses to listen to those who self-importantly prophesy Elijah’s departure.

* he asks for the son’s inheritance- the “double portion”

* he is genuinely distressed when Elijah is taken up, more concerned about the relationship than his own promotion as the nation’s chief prophet.

Prayer

Lord stir up the spirit of sonship in me so that I might have the same love, loyalty and dedication to my leaders that Elisha had for Elijah. Amen.

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