2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 Reflection:
There is something we notice about God’s interaction with the people of Israel as we read the Bible carefully; we are never left in any doubt about who God’s representative or who is the leader of God’s people on earth.
Up until this point in the story of Elijah it has been obvious that Elijah is the leader of God’s people, but now the time has come for him to go to heaven and we are at once told who is to be his successor.
Elijah is to be taken up into heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire and horses. It is a dramatic departure for the great prophet. Many people have read all sorts of significance into the story but for me it is Elijah moving on and his successor taking his place.
As Elijah crosses the Jordan, the waters part at his commend. He asks Elisha if there is anything he wants and Elisha asks for a double portion of the Holy Spirit that has been given to Elijah. He is told that if he sees Elijah enter heaven then his request shall be granted.
Of course Elisha is given the Holy Spirit and when he is coming back over the Jordan the river opens at his command and he walks back dry-shod.
Here again we are left in no doubt, Elisha is the prophet who is the spiritual leader of Israel. It continues right down to our own time when we have Pope Francis as the spiritual leader of the people of God.
In God’s world, everything is in order!