Week 19   Day 1

Elijah asked Elisha 
            what do you want?  
            what may I do for you before I go?



Elisha was bold 

            he asked for a hard thing

            a double portion  

One serving is not enough 

            give me two



Elijah would go away

            and be no more 

He would go in a chariot

            with horses of fire



Elisha mourned

            picked up Elijah's mantle/coat

            and moved into the future

thereafter Elisha lived

            in the spirit

            of the departed Elijah. 




                           SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
    Elisha takes Elijah's mantle and God's work goes on.
                                             II Kings 2


     1When the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by

a whirlwind, 2Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, please, for the

Lord has sent me on to Bethel."  But Elisha said, "As the Lord

lives, I will not leave you!"  So they went down to Bethel. 

     3The prophets at Bethel came out and said to Elisha, "Do
you know that the Lord will take away your master
today?"  He
said, "Yes, I know; keep silent!"  4Then Elijah said,
stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho." 

But he said, "I will not leave you!"  So they came to Jericho. 

     6Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, please, for the Lord

has sent me on to the Jordan."  But he said, "As the Lord lives,

I will not leave you!"  So the two of them went on.  7Fifty

prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the

two of them stood by the Jordan.  8Now Elijah took his mantle,

rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way

and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 

     9When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! 

What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" 

Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon

me."  10He said, "You have asked a hard thing.  Nevertheless,

if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you;

but if not, it shall not be so."  11As they continued on and

talked, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire,

and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a

whirlwind into heaven. 

     12Elisha saw it, and cried out, "My father, my father, the

chariot of Israel and its horsemen!"  So he saw him no more. 

And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two

pieces.  13He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen

from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.

14Then he took the mantle and struck the water, and said,

"Where is the Lord God of Elijah?"  When he had struck the

water, it was divided, and Elisha crossed over.

     19Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Please notice,

the situation of the city is pleasant, but the water is bad, and

the ground barren."   21So he went out to the source of the

water, and cast in salt and said, "Thus says the Lord:  'I have

healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or

barrenness.'"  22The water remains healed to this day.  25He

went from there to Mount Carmel, and returned to Samaria.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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