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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
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, "Elisha, 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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