And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said [unto him, As] the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. -2 Kings 2:2
I was studying the life of Elijah & Elisha in my devotional readings this week and was impressed with perseverance of Elisha. He stuck with the man of God till the end. Three times Elijah told him to stay behind and three times he responded the same way: As the LORD liveth, and [as] thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.
Elisha knew Elijah would be taken up. Elijah seemed to be discouraging Elisha from following him, but he would not be shaken. Elisha was sticking with him till the end. There are two thing I see here
- If we want something from God we sometime have to stick it out. Elisha was going to ask something big from God and if he would have been discouraged he would not have gotten it.
- We see the literal “passing of the mantel” from Elijah to Elisha. The prophets saw Elijah smote the water with his mantel and then he went up. They saw Elisha pick up the mantel and smite the waters on the way back. They saw a physical manifestation that Elisha was Elijah’s successor. God’s works are well worthy our notice; when a door is opened in heaven the call is, Come up hither, come and see.(1)
Just something to think about
(1)Henry, Matthew. “Commentary on 2 Kings 2.” Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible. Blue Letter Bible. 01 Mar 1996. 8 Jul 2006. http://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/mhc/2Ki/2Ki002.html