June 7 – Elijah Taken Up


  • 2 Kings 2:1-25; 4:1-17, 38-44, 18-37; 8:1-2; 6:1-7


Elijah was a great man. In today’s reading he receives his reward for a life of devotion to GOD. Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind led by chariots and horses of fire. Apparently GOD had revealed Elijah’s coming departure because Elisha as well as the other prophets they were with discussed it beforehand. This is one of those stories about which I wish more were revealed, but the secret things belong to GOD. Elijah joined Enoch as the only two individuals that we know did not die. What a tremendous blessing for two godly men!

5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Now 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.

9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that 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.” 10 So he 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.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that 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.

12 And Elisha saw it, and he 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. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
(2 Kings 2:5-14 NKJV)

GOD has a special plan for each of us, and He shares Himself with us day-by-day. While we might desire to experience the events like Elijah experienced, we must be careful not to envy another person’s journey. Each journey is unique, and we need to look to GOD for the fulfillment that we desire as we walk life’s pathway.


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