Elijah is Taken Up in a Whirlwind by James Tissot

Scripture: “Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel, came out to Elisha and said,” Do you know that the Lord will take you away today? 2 Kings 2: 3

“Fifty men from the prophets came out and stood facing them from a distance while the two of them stood by the Jordan. Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the waters, which parted to the right and left, and he crossed over on dry land.

After they had crossed over, Elijah asked Elisha,” Tell me what can I do for you before I am taken up?” Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit two shares of your spirit.” Elijah replied, “You have asked something difficult, but if you see me when taken up, you will have it.”

And as they continued walking and talking a chariot of fire and horses of fire suddenly appeared and separated the two men. Then Elijah was taken in a whirlwind out of sight. As Elisha watched, he continued crying out, “My father, my father, the chariot and horsemen of Israel. Then he never saw Elijah again, so he took hold of his clothes and tore in two pieces.” 2 Kings 2: 7-12

We know little about Elijah’s ancestors, but he was a Tishbite of Gilead. He suddenly appears and gains recognition after a showdown at Mount Carmel when he calls down fire from heaven and wins victory over false prophets. He also performed some miracles and even raised a woman’s son to life. But while fleeing from the wicked Jezebel Elijah became so depressed that he went a day’s journey into the wilderness and wallowing in self pity said, ” It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life: for I am no better than my fathers.

Prayer thought: Though you and I may be faithfully serving the Lord, Satan knows our vulnerable areas and will tempt us there. Two of weak areas are doubt and discouragement, and not only do I know, but Satan knows and I need your prayers. Thanks in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Doris Lisemby