Sunday, January 7, 2024

2 Kings 2:1-14

Years before Jesus ascended to Heaven leaving his disciples behind to carry on his work, Elijah was taken up into Heaven leaving his disciple, Elisha, to become the next chief prophet in Israel. 

 Starting Out:

  1. Share a time that you inherited a responsibility or task from someone else.

 Read 2 Kings 2:2:1-6:

  1. Repetition can be a sign that something important is happening. What things repeat during the journey that took Elijah and Elisha from Gilgal to Bethel, Jericho, and the Jordan?
  2. Why do you think Elijah tries to convince Elisha to stop travelling with him?
  3. Why would Elisha insist on staying with Elijah wherever he goes?

Read 2 Kings 2:7-12:

  1. What is significant about Elijah and Elisha crossing the Jordan the way they did? How does this account harmonize with other biblical accounts of bodies of water being parted for chosen people to pass through?  (Exodus 14:1-25, Joshua 3:1-17)
  2. What did Elisha mean by asking for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit?
  3. How would you have reacted to Elijah be taken to Heaven if you had been in Elisha’s shoes?

 Read 2 Kings 2:13-14:

  1. Why does Elisha ask, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” when he reaches the Jordan?
  2. Elisha’s role as Elijah’s successor was confirmed by God through the parting of the Jordan. Have you ever experienced spiritual affirmation after taking a step of faith?

Taking it Home:

  1. When have you seen something that has boosted your faith in God?
  2. Are you in a phase of life where spiritual responsibility should be passed on to others, or accepted from others? What might that look like for you?
  3. Elijah and Elisha ministered together for some time before Elijah was called up to Heaven. Who has been an Elijah in your life?  Who is an Elisha in your life?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:

Exodus 14:1-25, Joshua 3:1-17, Acts 1:1-11