Elisha is confirmed as the prophet to succeed Elijah by the presence of miracles. God is with Elisha as He was with Elijah. Elijah and Elisha’s talk reveals that death for Elijah was not the cessation of life but today being with Him in paradise. Resurrection hope is not just a New Testament hope or belief.
“And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
So here is the miraculous passing from this world to the next of Elijah.
Of sinful mortals, there are only two recorded people who did not bodily die, and Elijah is one of them (the other is Enoch, who we can read about in Genesis 5).
While these are some of the important pieces of unique information in the Bible to remember, they are meant to help us build a deeper knowledge of God, to grow closer to Him.
So what happened here?
Elijah went to be with the Lord!
That very day he was able to meet with Jesus in glory.
As well, Elijah was one of two who appeared on the mount of transfiguration with Jesus (Matthew 17) – So he also met with Jesus here on earth.
How good is it then (praise God!) that in the salvation Jesus brings we are able to meet with Him!
And more, through the Holy Spirit we are able to meet with God at any time! Casting our cares on Him, delivering over our worries, giving Him praise and thanks and the honour that is due His Name.
* Gracious God,
You alone are holy and You alone are true.
Thank You that even though You are without beginning or end, even though You cannot be measured while we are so quick to reach our limits, even though You are the energy that created all things and by which all things continue while we are so easy to wind down – Even though we were Your enemies – Still You meet with us in You the Son, our Saviour, Jesus!
Thank You Lord. Thank You!
What else can we do Lord but come to You with thanksgiving and repentance.
Please forgive us Father God, wash us clean, and refresh us in our spirits each day, that we might tell others of You and sing Your praises throughout all our days.