Elijah Is Taken to Heaven
It was near the time for the Lord to take Elijah. He was going to take him by a whirlwind up into heaven. Elijah and Elisha were at Gilgal.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here. The Lord has told me to go to Bethel.”But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
A group of the prophets at Bethel came to Elisha. They said to him, “Do you know the Lord will take your master away from you today?”Elisha said, “Yes, I know. But don’t talk about it.”
Elijah said to him, “Stay here, because the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you live, I won’t leave you.”So they went to Jericho.
A group of the prophets at Jericho came to Elisha. They said, “Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today?”Elisha answered, “Yes, I know. But don’t talk about it.”
Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here. The Lord has sent me to the Jordan River.”Elisha answered, “As the Lord lives, and as you live, I won’t leave you.”So the two of them went on.
Fifty men from a group of the prophets came. They stood far from where Elijah and Elisha were by the Jordan.
Elijah took off his coat. Then he rolled it up and hit the water. The water divided to the right and to the left. Then Elijah and Elisha crossed over on dry ground.
After they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you before I am taken from you?”Elisha said, “Leave me a double share of your spirit.”
Elijah said, “You have asked a hard thing. But if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours. If you don’t, it won’t happen.”
Elijah and Elisha were still walking and talking. Then a chariot and horses of fire appeared. The chariot and horses of fire separated Elijah from Elisha. Then Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.
Elisha saw it and shouted, “My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their horsemen!” Elisha did not see him anymore. Elisha grabbed his own clothes and tore them to show how sad he was.
He picked up Elijah’s coat that had fallen from him. Then Elisha returned and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
Elisha hit the water with Elijah’s coat. He said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he hit the water, it divided to the right and to the left. Then Elisha crossed over.
A group of the prophets at Jericho were watching. They said, “Elisha now has the spirit Elijah had.” They came to meet him. And they bowed down to the ground before him.
They said to him, “There are 50 strong men with us! Please let them go and look for your master. Maybe the Spirit of the Lord has taken Elijah up and set him down. He may be on some mountain or in some valley.”But Elisha answered, “No. Don’t send them.”
The group of prophets begged Elisha until he hated to refuse them anymore. Then he said, “Send them.” So they sent 50 men who looked for three days. But they could not find Elijah.
Then they came back to Elisha at Jericho where he was staying. He said to them, “I told you not to go, didn’t I?”
Teaching Guide and Explanation
ELIJAH AND CHARIOT OF FIRE
TEXT: 2 Kings 2:1-18
MEMORY VERSE: And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. Matthew 17:7
The Ax-head Lost
We read about the many wonderful things that Elisha did. In this class, we learn more about the good work he did with the aid of God. There were some boys with Elisha, maybe in a school, and they came to him one day and said that their place was too little. They said that they could create a bigger place if every boy brought a piece of lumber. They were told by Elisha to go ahead and do it. But while the wood was being cut by one of them, his ax-head dropped into the water. He was really sorry, no doubt, for losing the ax-head, so he told Elisha about it and told him that it had been borrowed. Then Elisha took a stick and dropped it into the water, and the heavy axle swam. The guy had it taken out of the sea.
We should take good care of something when we borrow something from another person, so that we can return it in good condition to the person from whom it was borrowed. If a borrowed article is broken or lost, it should be replaced. We must never be careless about other people’s stuff. Most likely, Elisha taught the lesson to the boys.
The Interaction with God by Elisha
The king was planning to fight against the Children of Israel in another land, but the king of Israel always figured out where the enemy was hiding. The king of Syria felt that some of his men had to warn the Israelites about his intentions. One of the Syrians, however, seemed to know that it was the Prophet Elisha who told them. Maybe he didn’t know that God told Elisha because Elisha lived and walked close to God.
The Protection Of God
Then the king sent men to get him, Elisha. There was a great army around the area. Early one morning, Elisha’s servant got up and saw the city surrounded by horses and chariots, and he was scared. But he was told by Elisha not to be afraid. He then prayed to God to open the servant’s eyes. The Lord heard his prayer and let the servant see that there were horses and chariots of fire on the mountain, sent from heaven to protect Elisha and his servant. We do not know how many times we have been protected by God. In [Psalms:34:7], we find a beautiful promise: “The angel of the LORD encamps around those that worship him, and delivers them.” We read in [Psalms:91:11]: “For he will grant his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” So we know that if we love the Lord with all our heart, He will protect us.
Back to their own country
Elisha begged the Lord to make the enemy blind. The Lord heard his faithful servant’s prayer again. They were lead away quickly. They were told by Elisha, “Follow me.” He led them to Samaria. Then he prayed that they would open their eyes, and they saw it. No doubt they thought they would all be killed, but there was no “get even” spirit in Elisha. He fed the people and sent them back home.
We are taught by God to be compassionate to those who are not kind to us. He never wants us to have the idea that we want to “get even” with those who are unkind to us. God says He’ll punish people like that. God will love and bless kids who do not fight back because they have been hit by someone or have done something they do not like.
He preached many marvelous sermons to the people while Jesus was here on earth. He taught individuals how to live; he taught them how to pray; he taught them how to handle others; he taught them how to prepare for heaven. He said in one of his sermons, “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you.”
Elisha lived several years before the birth of Jesus, and did not have the New Testament that we now have, but he knew how to deal with his enemies. When he came, he did exactly as Jesus taught—he did good for those who hated him. “We read in [Romans:12:21], “Do not overcome bad, but overcome evil with good.
Elijah went to heaven
The time had come near for the Lord to take Elijah. He was going to carry him up to heaven by a whirlwind. In Gilgal, there were Elijah and Elisha.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay right here. The Lord ordered me to go to Bethel, But Elisha said that I would not leave you as the Lord lives and as you live.” So they went down to Bethel.
A group of prophets came to Elisha at Bethel. They said to him Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from you? “Elisha said, “Yeah I know that. But don’t worry about that.”
“Elijah said to him, “Stay here for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But Elisha said I will not leave you as the Lord lives and as you live.” So they went to Jericho.
A community of prophets came to Elisha in Jericho. They said Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from you? “Elisha responded, “I know, yes. But don’t speak about that.
Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here now. “The Lord sent me to the Jordan River,” Elisha responded, “I will not leave you as the Lord lives and as you live.” So the two of them moved on.
Then came fifty men from a group of prophets. They stood far from the side of Jordan where Elijah and Elisha were.
His coat was stripped off by Elijah. He rolled it up then and entered the water. To the right and to the left, the water split. Then on dry land, Elijah and Elisha crossed over.
Elijah said to Elisha after they had crossed over, ‘Before I am taken from you what can I do for you? “Elisha said, “Leave your spirit to me for a double portion.”
Elijah said, “You asked for something difficult.” But if, when I am taken from you, you see me, it will be yours. If you don’t, it’s not going to happen.’
Elijah and Elisha were both walking around and chatting. Then a chariot and fire horses turned up. Elijah was divided from Elisha by the chariot and horses of fire. Then Elijah, in a whirlwind, went up to heaven.
Elisha saw it and screamed, “My father! My father! Israel’s chariots and their horsemen! “He was no longer seen by Elisha. Grabbing his own clothes, Elisha ripped them to show how miserable he was.
He picked up Elijah’s coat from which he had dropped. Elisha came back and stood on the bank of the Jordan River.
With the coat of Elijah, Elisha entered the sea. He said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” It split to the right and to the left when he reached the water. Elisha then crossed over.
In Jericho, a group of prophets were watching. They said Now Elisha has the spirit that Elijah had.” They went to meet him. And they bowed down before him, to the ground.
They said to him With us there are 50 strong men! Let them go please, and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord picked up Elijah and set him down. “He could be on a mountain or in a valley, but Elisha replied, “No. Don’t send them around.
Elisha was begged by the community of prophets before he despised denying them anymore. Then he said, “Bring them.” So they sent in fifty men who had been searching for three days. But they were unable to locate Elijah.
Then they returned to Elisha, where he was living in Jericho. He said to them, ‘I told you not to leave, didn’t I?”