Day One Hundred Fifty-Eight, II Kings 2, 4, 8, 6
Today’s reading contains bits of the ministry of Elisha, the successor of Elisha.
Several interesting things happen here that I can’t help but comment on. I’m impressed with Elisha’s dedication to Elijah, that he refuses to leave him. I’m also impressed with Elisha’s request of a double-portion of the spirit that Elijah has.
Of course it’s exciting that here we have recorded one of only two instances where a person did not experience physical death, but was taken from this earth. If you remember to the very beginning of Genesis, Enoch “walked with God, and then he was no more, because God took him.” Elijah, another man who obviously walked with God throughout his life, was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind as a chariot of fire and horses separated him from Elisha.
Much of Elisha’s ministry was similar to Elijah’s, starting with their names! But the next thing that strikes me as similar is the raising of a dead boy. Again, with the bringing someone back to life, we notice Elisha praying for the boy’s life, and laying his own body over that of the boy.
Finally, an important lesson we can learn from the ministry of Elisha is never to make fun of a bald man for his baldness. See II Kings 2:23-25.