Lent Together Wednesday 18th March – 2 Kings 2:1-18

Wednesday 18th March 

2 Kings 2:1-18

Today’s reading is succinctly summoned up in one commentary as ‘Elisha succeeds Elijah,’[1] and it is true, this is what the passage is about.  However, if we left it at that we would be missing out on so much.  Elisha is to succeed Elijah, but not before a long journey that took them to Bethel and Jericho during which, prophets at both locations told Elisha what is going to happen day.

It’s a journey perhaps of obedience, Elisha is determined to follow Elijah wherever he goes, perhaps is a journey of eagerness on Elisha part.  It’s a journey that ends when ‘Elijah’s mantel ceases to be simply an article of clothing, and becomes the means of performing a miracle which convinces the bystanders that the spirt of Elijah rests on Elisha.’[2]  With this article of clothing (i.e. Elijah’s Cloak) Elisha is able to part the water and cross over, the prophets who were watching said “The spirit of  Elijah is resting on Elisha today.’[3]

As we read this in Lent 2020 there are two questions which ring out in my head?

  1. Is God calling us on a Journey and is so do we have the eagerness and or obedience of Elisha?
  2. Where are the prophets today? Who are the prophets of today? Are we listening to them?

[1] Dunn, J.D., & Rogerson, J.W., Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible ( Eerdmans Publishing, Michigan, 2003), pg 265.

[2] Dunn, J.D., & Rogerson, J.W., Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible ( Eerdmans Publishing, Michigan, 2003), pg 266.

[3] 2 Kings 2: 15

Reflection by Dawn Harrison