Search The Scriptures —Study 20 — 2 Kings 1 and 2

Study 20 From the Book of 2 Kings: 2 Kings 1 and 2798b3-search-the-srciptures

These two chapters contain the last two stories about Elijah.

  1. contrast the end of King Ahaziah with Elijah’s end What was the fundamental difference between these two men? Cf. 1 J n. 2:15 – 17; 5:4.

  2. In what three ways was Elisha tested (see 2:1-15), and what qualities in him does his conduct reveal? Have we the same resolute spirit? See Note 1 below. Elisha’s miracles are parables of spiritual truths. What do you learn from this first miracle (2: 19 – 22)?

Notes

  1. 2:19 Elisha wanted to be fully equipped for the high service to which he was called

  2. 2:23-25. ‘Small boys’: better ‘young’ as in rv mg. These were youths of Bethel whose attitude reflected the spirit of the place. Coming out to meet Elisha in a large band they mocked the prophet, who was bald in mourning for his master (cf. Jb, 1:20), and said ;Go up’ i.e., Ascend to heaven as you say your master did’. It was a grievous insult, and Elisha, righteously angry, invoked the judgment of God upon them. Shaken by the whole episode, he did not enter Bethel but made his way to Carmel.

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