18 Jun 2008
Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Then Elijah said to him, â€œStay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.â€ But he said, â€œAs the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.â€ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, â€œTell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.â€ Elisha said, â€œPlease let me inherit a double share of your spirit.â€ He responded, â€œYou have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.â€ As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, â€œFather, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!â€ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, â€œWhere is the Lord, the God of Elijah?â€ When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.