Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Never Leaving

O. T. #818  "Never Leaving"
August 23, 2016
2 Kings 2-Part 2


Previously we had a wicked king that left the world in disgrace and the greatest misery. Now we see a contrast between King Ahaziah and Elijah the prophet.
Elijah was:
  • a holy prophet leaving in honor, the greatest bliss;
  • an encouragement and example of faithfulness to other prophets;
  • a portrait of the cost of witnessing for God against corruption;
  • a part of the faithful few;
  • a type of Christ as he ascended to heaven;
  • is our example of faith and prayer;
God was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind without dying that day, which is called a translation. Three in scripture were translated-Enoch, Elijah  and Jesus.  His name, Elijah, means the Lord is God. His ministry corresponded with his name-sent by God to confront Baalism (idol worship) and to declare to Israel that the LORD is God and there is no other. Elisha was the next prophet to take Elijah's place, a mentor to Elisha.
What do others see our life as? Are we faithful to God, a prayer warrior, living by His Word?


Elijah urged Elisha to remain behind, but Elisha insisted on accompanying him-As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!

Sounds like Ruth and Naomi.

Before Elijah departed, he visited the schools of the prophets, a seminary, in various locations-Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho, and the Jordan River.

How committed are we to following the Lord Jesus?
We have the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb.13:5; Gen. 28:15; Joshua 1:5)


Let go of whatever is hindering my walk with Jesus.

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