A Cut Above
“Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent!'” (2 Kings 2.3 NKJV).
It seems that every prophet in Isreal knows that Elisha’s master, Elijah, is about to be taken up by the Lord. All the prophets keep coming up to Elisha in excitement with their revelation. Elisha becomes irritated. He yells in frustration at the prophets, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” If Elijah’s awesome flight to the heavenlies is known by all the prophets, what makes Elisha so special that he receives the double portion of Elijah’s spirit? Why does Elijah’s mantle go to Elisha and not the hundreds of other prophets who also have the gift of prophecy? The answer is in the Journey! Elijah traveled from Gilgal, to Bethel, to Jericho and to the Jordan River. At every stop before the Jordan, Elijah tells Elisha to stay; but Elisha insists on continuing with the journey — a journey that parallels the intimacy of our Christian walks of faith. First, they begin in Gilgal. This is the place that the nation of Israel followed Joshua miraculously across the Jordan River and where all the men were circumcised and the 12 stones (tribes) were established . Symbolically, their flesh was cut away from slavery, and God rolled away their shame and established them as His Chosen People (Joshua 5.9). Second, they went to Bethel. Bethel is where Jacob saw God in a dream and where he received God’s blessing and purpose (Genesis 28.13-15). Third, they went to Jericho. Jericho was the “mountain” that blocked the nation of Israel from entering their Promise Land. The Chosen People of God demonstrated massive faith in the face of a mocking world, relying soley on God’s hand to tear down the walls (Joshua 6). Finally, they ended in the Jordan River. The Jordan River is where Jesus Himself was baptized, which is symbolic of dying to sin and resurrecting in new life with God (Matthew 3.13 & Romans 6.3-6). As Christians, if we want to be a cut above the crowd, we need to be willing to travel with the Holy Spirit on this journey. God will take away our shame and establish us. He will give us His purpose and promise. He will tear down the walls that block our destiny. And we will die to ourselves and be resurrected in the Spirit. But, we must be willing to wait, abide in Him, have faith in His Hand and make God the master of our lives. The further we go on this journey without giving up, the more powerful our anointing will be. Cling onto the Holy Spirit, never stop pursuing Him and wait for Him to accomplish His promises to you!
“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?'” (2 Kings 2.9 NKJV).