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April 23, 2017

passage 1 - 2 Kings 2:1-12

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Elijah Taken into Heaven
1 When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal.2 And Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Bethel."
  But Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!" So they went down together to Bethel.
  3 The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, "Did you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?"
  "Of course I know," Elisha answered. "But be quiet about it."
  4 Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to Jericho."
  But Elisha replied again, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together to Jericho.
  5 Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, "Did you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?"
  "Of course I know," Elisha answered. "But be quiet about it."
  6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here, for the LORD has told me to go to the Jordan River."
  But again Elisha replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you." So they went on together.
  7 Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River.8 Then Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the water with it. The river divided, and the two of them went across on dry ground!
  9 When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away."
  And Elisha replied, "Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor."
  10 "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah replied. "If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won't."
  11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.12 Elisha saw it and cried out, "My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!" And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.

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