Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
In 2 Kings 2:1-14
there is a interesting story. It is the
time for Elijah to go into heaven. I
don’t know how Elijah nor Elisha nor any of the sons of the prophets knew all
this. The Bible is silent on it, but the
Lord spoke to all and they knew His voice.
He has always had a voice that men can hear when they are tuned. We need to hear God here too. You know nothing in the Bible is put there by
chance and everything is in for a purpose.
You may not understand it all either, but God’s voice is in it speaking
and teaching. This passage is full of
the heavenly voice of the Living God.
Look at the passage and read it.
Remember that Elijah
is a man like us.
James 5:17 - 18 (NASB) 17Elijah was a man with a
nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did
not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18Then
he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
He was a man who knew the triumph
of a victory that the supernatural God brought forth and He also knew fear and
depression as he fled Jezebel’s threats.
He was a man of passion who God used mightily. One of the prophets whose name is synonymous
with God’s powerful man.
Why did Elijah not see death, but
was translated right to heaven in a fiery chariot? Did he please God as Enoch did? Hebrews 11:5. We don’t know. He appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration
again and spoke to Jesus about His coming sacrifice. Matthew
17:3. It is said
Moses represented the Law and Elijah the Prophets here.
But now Elijah was leaving and
Elisha knew it. He wouldn’t leave
Elijah’s side. They wander from Gilgal
the approximate 23 miles to Bethel
where a school of the prophets was. They
all knew what was up that day. They went
about 15 more miles to Jericho
where another group of the sons of the prophets were and they were also in on
the secret. Elisha stuck to Elijah’s
side and wouldn’t leave.
2 Kings 2:1 - 14
(NASB) 1And it came about when the LORD was about to take up Elijah
by a whirlwind to heaven, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here please, for the LORD has
sent me as far as Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.”
So they went down to Bethel.
3Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha
and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from
over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.” 4Elijah
said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said,
“As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they
came to Jericho.
5The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho approached Elisha
and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from
over you today?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be still.” 6Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the LORD
has sent me to the Jordan.”
And he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave
you.” So the two of them went on. 7Now
fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood opposite them
at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8Elijah
took his mantle and folded it together and struck the waters, and they were
divided here and there, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask
what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And 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 were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot
of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up
by a whirlwind to heaven. 12Elisha
saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its
horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and
tore them in two pieces. 13He
also took up the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and returned and stood by
the bank of the Jordan.
14He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck
the waters and said, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he also
had struck the waters, they were divided here and there; and Elisha crossed
Finally Elijah headed to the
wilderness across the Jordon about 4 or 5
miles away. I wondered what they talked
about? Did Elisha tell Elijah what God
had said to him? Did God ask Elisha what
he wanted as he followed Elijah, before Elijah asked that question. God sometimes has that habit of asking tough
questions and reaching into places in our hearts we don’t even see.
At the Jordon Elijah takes off the
prophet’s mantle and rolls it up and strikes the Jordon and it parts. Very powerful and very significant. We will see later.
Finally they get to the place and
Elijah pops the question. “What do you
want?” or more accurately “What shall I do for you before I am taken from
you?” Elisha says “Please, let a double
portion of your spirit be upon me.”
Elijah, probably with raised eyebrows, says: “You have asked a difficult
thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when
I am taken from you it shall be yours and if not, it shall not be so.”
Then as they walked the fiery
horses and chariots of heaven come and separate the two walkers and Elisha sees
them and cries out repeatedly: “My father, my father the chariots of Israel and its
horsemen!” What a sight that must have
been! Something to remember all your
days! What a ride Elijah must have had!
Then Elisha discards all his
clothes and takes up the clothes of Elijah.
He took the mantle cried out: “Where is the Lord God of Elijah!” and
strikes the mantle to the water of the Jordon and it parts just as it had for
Elijah. God answered Elisha!
The Lord is speaking from this
account. Today too many don’t ask God
for the really big things, the really hard things, the really difficult
things. We seem to forget that He is a
God of the impossible and wants to perform might miracles even today, just as
He did in Elisha’s time. Doesn’t He say
Luke 11:9 - 13 (NASB) 9“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and
you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10“For
everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it
will be opened. 11“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a
fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12“Or if
he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13“If
you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who
Doesn’t He say that we too will see the same miracles He
performed in His day. Won’t we be filled
with the same Holy Spirit He was filled with and won’t we hear the same voice
He heard that He obeyed?
John 14:12 - 14 (NASB) 12“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works
that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will
do; because I go to the Father. 13“Whatever you ask in My
name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14“If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
So where is the
Lord God of Elijah!? Is He not waiting
for Elijah to call out to Him? He awaits
the ones today to call out to Him and see His wonders and glory.
So don’t be afraid
to ask the really hard things, the ones you may think are impossible. I have and I have seen the miracles only the
Living God can do and I know I will see many more as I put my total trust in
blessings on all who read this.