Bible Time Period: Divided Kingdom
Israel split into rival kingdoms and fell into idolatry: help me to choose your kingship over other loves.
2 Kings picks up where 1 Kings left off, with God’s judgment on Ahab’s son Ahaziah through the prophet Elijah. Elijah’s mantle — and a double portion of his spirit — will fall (literally!) on his disciple Elisha when the older prophet is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind. This is where “chariots of fire” imagery comes from in the popular imagination.
Elijah is an important figure in salvation history. He will appear years later with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration, where they speak to Jesus. Together they represent the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah).
How do the miracles Elisha does in Israel (the northern kingdom) show God’s grace and His desire to bless those who follow him?
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