Lord give us the faith to expect great things from You, and the courage to do great things with You. Amen
Today’s reading: 2 Kings 1-3.
Besides originating the phrase, “take up the mantle of,” today’s reading is all about discipleship and our responsibility to carry on God’s work as our spiritual fathers and mothers pass from this earth. Elijah knows his time is almost at an end, and his disciple, Elisha, knows it as well. The final day is a whirlwind of travel before Elijah ever meets the whirlwind that takes him from the earth. He and Elisha walk from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho and then across the Jordan, about 30 to 45 miles. It’s a day to say goodbye to the schools for prophets that Elijah has nurtured, but it’s also a test for Elisha. Will he stick with Elijah to the end?
Elisha does hang in there, and before he goes Elijah asks if there is anything he can do for his disciple. It’s another test of…
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