Daily Devotions (8/08/10): “God’s Chihuahua, part deux”

During the Worship Service today, I focused on the life of Elijah the prophet.  As with most of my sermons this Summer, I’ve been trying really hard to focus on the total “story” of the Bible characters (rather than one of their stories from their lives).  Needless to say, this has been quite difficult.

Today, I wanted to express some key points of Elijah’s ministry:

1.)  Elijah was willing to be God’s voice and speak for Him, understanding his role as God’s servant….embracing his role in God’s Story (rather than trying to fit God into his story).

2.)  Elijah was willing to speak for what was right and not stay silent, in spite of living a culture that was morally fractured, at best.  He took a stand for a wholehearted relationship with God that He wants for all His people.

3.)  Just when Elijah thought he was done and ready to “retire”, God gives him the most important task of his ministry:  anointing his successor as prophet over Israel (Elisha).

With all of this info, I actually didn’t get to the coolest part of Elijah’s story, from 2 Kings 2: 7-15

 7 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
      “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.”

 11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

 13 He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. “Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

 15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, “The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

God grants Elijah an honor that had only happened once before with Enoch (Genesis 5:24):  to leave this life on Earth without experiencing death.  Elijah is taken away to Heaven in a whirlwind with chariots of fire.  Then, the torch/cloak is passed to Elisha, and he goes on to be a great prophet for God.  Awesome story!

Elijah and John the Baptist.

Elijah and Moses with Jesus at the Transfiguration.

Elijah as one the Two Witnesses/Prophets in the Last Days.

Well…..those are stories for another day 🙂

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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