2 Kings 1-3
King Ahaziah sent officials to ask of Baal-zebub the false god of Ekron if he’d recover from his illness. God quickly intervened with Elijah the prophet. He gave him the blunt news that Ahaziah would not recover but would indeed die. Ahaziah the king died, and his brother Jehoram ruled in his place. After this, Elijah is preparing to leave earth and asks Elisha if he’d like anything done before he leaves. Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit to be on him, which was a hard thing to ask according to Elijah. Elijah says to Elisha, if he saw him when he is taken from Elisha, his desire would be granted.Then the prophets saw a chariot of fire and horses of fire, which separated them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha was able to see it. Elisha is called to help three kings who go to battle against Moab; Judah(king Jehoshaphat), Samaria(king Jehoram), and Edom. He agrees to talk with them because of king Jehoshaphat.They played music for Elisha and he prophesied that they would have enough water to feed their animals. In addition, God would deliver the Moabites into the hands of the three kings.They did just as Elisha spoke; God set it up for them to destroy Moab and they did.
2 Kings 2:9 – “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” And Elisha said, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
I thought this verse was important because it shows where Elisha’s heart was, and what he truly desired. He could have asked for wealth, power, or a certain position in life, but he desired to follow in his teachers footsteps and continue God’s work.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
My vision of God was changed by seeing how the events in chapter 1 turned out. King Ahaziah sought out the help of a false God (Baal-zebub) to the result of no help. When the real God decided to give him an answer through Elijah. The answer was not what the King may have wanted to hear but God made it clear who we should seek when we need help.
How does what you read Change your vision of yourself or others?
I believe it reinforced the idea about the strength of relationships within the kingdom of God, and their impact on us as individuals. We need people to help us stay strong, keep us faithful when we lack the strength, and to teach us like Elijah taught Elisha. I think a great example of this is in 2 Kings 2:6. Elijah keeps offering Elisha a way out; but Elisha says “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”
How will you go with God because of this reading?
These few chapters feel so important during this time of quarantine especially because of how God is working through my relationships with those in the kingdom (through phone calls or online) and those who I’m reaching out to. These chapters call me higher to check what my heart’s desires are, build up the relationships around me, and not let other things become Gods.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?
I saw Jesus in the Elijah and Elisha relationship. Jesus had called all his disciples in a similar way to how Elisha was called in 1 Kings 19. Then the same dynamic is seen when Elisha carried on the mission of God, after Elijah ascended to heaven. This also occurred with the disciples when Jesus died and went to heaven. They continued sharing their faith and building up the kingdom.