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Elijah and Elisha

2 Kings 2:1-17
Elijah is taken up to heaven and Elisha takes his place.
Contributed by René Pfitzner
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Not long before the Lord took Elijah up into heaven in a strong wind, Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. – Slide 1
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Elijah said to Elisha, ‘The Lord wants me to go to Bethel but you must stay here.’ – Slide 2
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Elisha replied, ‘I swear by the Living Lord and by your own life, that I will stay with you no matter what.’ – Slide 3
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And he went with Elijah to Bethel. – Slide 4
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A group of prophets who lived there asked Elisha, ‘Do you know that today the Lord is going to take away your master?’ – Slide 5
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‘Yes I do,’ Elisha answered, ‘but don’t remind me of it.’ – Slide 6
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Elijah then said, ‘Elisha, now the Lord wants me to go to Jericho but you must stay here.’ – Slide 7
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Elisha replied, ‘I swear by the Living Lord and by your own life, that I will stay with you no matter what.’ – Slide 8
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And he went with Elijah to Jericho. – Slide 9
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A group of prophets who lived there asked Elisha, ‘Do you know that today the Lord is going to take away your master?’ – Slide 10
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‘Yes I do,’ Elisha answered, ‘but don’t remind me of it.’ – Slide 11
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Elijah then said, ‘Elisha, now the Lord wants me to go to the Jordan river but you must stay here.’ – Slide 12
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Elisha replied, ‘I swear by the Living Lord and by your own life, that I will never leave you.’ – Slide 13
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So the two of then walked on together. – Slide 14
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Fifty prophets followed Elijah and Elisha from Jericho … – Slide 15
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… then stood at a distance and watched as the two men walked towards the river. – Slide 16
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When they got there Elijah took off his coat and he rolled it up and struck the water. – Slide 17
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At once a path opened up in the river and the two of them walked across on dry ground. – Slide 18
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After they had reached the other side, Elijah said, ‘Elisha, the Lord will soon take me away. What can I do for you before that happens?’ – Slide 19
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Elisha answered, ‘Please, give me twice as much of your power as you give the other prophets, so I can be the one who takes your place as their leader.’ – Slide 20
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‘It won’t be easy,’ Elijah answered. ‘It can only happen if you see me when I am being taken away.’ – Slide 21
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Elijah and Elisha were walking along and talking … – Slide 22
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… when suddenly there appeared between them a flaming chariot pulled by fiery horses. – Slide 23
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Right away a strong wind took Elijah up into heaven. – Slide 24
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Elisha saw this and shouted, ‘Israel’s cavalry and chariots have taken my master away.’ – Slide 25
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After Elijah had gone Elisha tore his clothes in sorrow. – Slide 26
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Elijah’s coat had fallen off, so Elisha picked it up and walked back to the Jordan river. – Slide 27
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He struck the water with the coat and wondered, ‘Will the Lord perform miracles for me as he did for Elijah?’ – Slide 28
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As soon as Elisha did this, a path opened up through the water and he walked across. – Slide 29
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When the prophets from Jericho saw what happened, they said to each other, ‘Elisha now has Elijah’s power.’ – Slide 30
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They walked over to him and bowed to greet their new leader. – Slide 31
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