Day 101

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Kings 2:1-8
When the LORD was going to take Elijah to heaven in a windstorm, Elijah and Elisha left Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here because the LORD is sending me to Bethel.” Elisha answered, “I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not abandon you.” So they went to Bethel. Some of the disciples of the prophets at Bethel came to Elisha. They asked him, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?” He answered, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.” Elijah said, “Elisha, please stay here because the LORD is sending me to Jericho.” Elisha answered, “I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not abandon you.” So they went to Jericho. Then some of the disciples of the prophets who were in Jericho approached Elisha. They asked, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?” He answered, “Yes, I know. Be quiet.” Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here because the LORD is sending me to the Jordan River.” Elisha answered, “I solemnly swear, as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not abandon you.” Fifty disciples of the prophets stood at a distance as Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan River. Elijah took his coat, rolled it up, and struck the water with it. The water divided to their left and their right, and the two men crossed the river on dry ground.

Elijah in this story is meant to be a parallel of sorts for Christ. Just as Christ ascended, Elijah was taken up.

Just as Christ had his followers, Elijah had his faithful Elisha.

And Elisha would not depart and leave his master.

When they reached the river- the waters yielded to the coat of the prophet!
It meant that the power of God dwelt upon the man such that his coat could part the waters in the same way that the waters parted when the Ark entered the same river many years ago!

If we follow Christ and follow Him faithfully and life comes to its end, and we are taken through the waters which often symbolize death in Scripture- these very waters can be parted again by the power of God accompanying us on this leg of our journey as we bid goodnight to 1 existence and awaken to God’s eternity.

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