Many people know the story of Moses parting the Red Sea, which is a great feat, seeing how massive the Rea Sea really is, but did you know that Elijah and Elisha also departed the river Jordan by the hand of the Lord also? This is not a known fact by many Christians, but true nonetheless. Fortunately, those people who read the Bible know this and those who do not, are not privy to such things. Now, to give you a little backdrop of what happened with Moses, we will read in Exodus 14, which the Lord says, 1“lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” (Exodus 14:16-22)
Keep that picture in mind, as we now read in 2 Kings 2, which reads, 2“and Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.” (2 Kings 2:6-14)
Now, let’s discuss this in more detail. Much like Moses, Elijah, and Elisha were also filled with the power of God. What they said and did, came to pass because of their great faith in God. Pastors may not relate the three of them together, but did you know that Jesus did? We learn this in Matthew 17, which reads, 3“and after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.” (Matthew 17:1-6) We know from what happened in this chapter that Moses and Elijah (Elias) are very important people in God’s kingdom. And how did Elisha end up being much like Elisha, in fulfilling God’s will on earth? It is because Elijah’s mantle was upon him, and therefore, God gave unto him a double portion of the Holy Spirit, even that which Elijah had. No wonder why all three were able to part the waters. God was with them and was able to do mighty miracles through them also. Now you can also tell your family and friends the story of Elijah and Elisha also parting the river Jordan.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin searching the scriptures for themselves. We can learn so much from church and the sermons and teachings therein, but so often things are left out of their teachings. Not everything that is in the Bible chapters and verses are actually taught, and cannot be taught on because of time. Even specific chapters in the Bible are often missed, which is sad but true. However, this does not mean that we as Christians should only be privy to things that are taught in church alone. If we love You, then we would also do our own research and study Your Word. I cannot think of anyone who is true to the faith and is not also reading the Bible often. For if they were, then they would only desire to be led by what is spoken in scripture and in prayer. Our desires would not be our own, but what we can gain from heaven. Lord, I am grateful for people in scripture like Elisha, who really desired to have the Holy Spirit in his life. It is remarkable that before Elijah was taken up into heaven in the chariot of fire, that Elisha desired to have a double portion of the Holy Spirit with Him. Then, he would not only carry on what Elijah left for Him but do so in the service of God and not man. Lord, I read the Bible because Your words are life-changing. How can I read them and still desire to willfully sin? I cannot. They convict me of my wrongs, that I might repent and get back on track with You again. God, I no longer wish to live this life on my own accord. Because I have found You, and it is beautiful in every way, I want more and more of what You can teach me. So I pray for more wisdom and knowledge to be poured out upon me. I love You, Jesus. You are my Lord and my God and I praise You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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