Second Kings 2 Commentary
Elijah’s pilgrimage comes to an end in this chapter. And it is a glorious end. But is it really an end? In Malachi, the LORD promises to send another Elijah, alongside the mention of another Horeb character in Moses. These two characters would later reappear with the LORD Jesus during the famous Transfiguration recorded in the gospels.
We also have another version of Elijah in John the Baptist. Check Matthew 17 verse 11.
There is a feeling that Elijah is being rewarded for his faithfulness. You would imagine Elijah is receiving this reward on behalf of the faithful remnant. Their earthly end isn’t an end at all. Glory awaits them that remain separate in an age of unimaginable apostasy. This is the saint’s glorious hope.
The Bible hasn’t called them churches but groups of believers existed at Gilgal, Bethel, and Jericho. They are collectively called prophets, sons of prophets, or disciples of the prophets. The story of Elijah isn’t complete without the mention of the many confrontations that Elijah had with the kings of Israel. But equally important is the role that Elijah played as the leader of several groups of faithful believers scattered in Israel.
There is a special gift for Elijah’s faithful servant: a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. Elisha is the recipient. We are reminded of another ascension by the chief prophet. Standing around were the 12 disciples and probably a few other devout believers. What he leaves with them is not a double portion of Elijah’s spirit but the Spirit. And the measure? Well, without measure.
For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. John 3 verse 34. ESV.
Elisha begins his ministry immediately. The group of believers at Jericho quickly recognize Elisha as the new leader. The youths however mock and jeer the man of God. These youths are representing the apostate nation that has reduced the importance of the word of the LORD and those championing it to nothing. The youths receive a fitting punishment.
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