Study 20 From the Book of 2 Kings: 2 Kings 1 and 2
These two chapters contain the last two stories about Elijah.
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.
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)?
2:19 Elisha wanted to be fully equipped for the high service to which he was called
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.