II Kings 2
From the Scrolls Kept to Record Events
from the 50 Prophets of Jericho
As scribe for the group of prophets residing in Jericho it has been my duty to record the events we witness and participate in.
Yesterday, late in the afternoon, Elijah and Elisha came to our city. Elijah had work to do and Elisha came as his apprentice.
The Lord spoke to us, saying He would take Elijah on this day. We confirmed the message with one another and agreed the Lord had indeed spoken to us.
As Elijah performed duties in our city, assigned by God, we pulled Elisha aside and told him what the Lord had said.
Elisha nodded as if he already knew. He asked us to not tell anyone.
We obeyed, but wanted to see what the Lord would do. We followed the two prophets from a distance, which unfortunately meant we could not hear their words. At least we could see where they went.
The two prophets approached the Jordan River and stopped. Elijah removed his coat and hit the water with it. We had heard about the Lord dividing the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites escaping the Egyptians. We'd also heard about the time He divided the Jordan River for the Israelites as they ventured into the Promised Land for the first time.
We however, had never witnessed such an event until now. As Elijah's coat hit the water, the river divided leaving dry ground for the two men to cross. They spoke for a short time on the other bank then walked out of our sight.
Not long after, Elisha came back to the river bank wearing Elijah's coat. He hit the water with the coat, like Elijah had, and walked across dry ground. We ran down to the river eager to learn what happened to Elijah.
At the shore we all bowed to the ground before Elisha. He told us Elijah had been taken in a chariot up in a whirlwind sent by God.
One of the prophets spoke, "We have fifty men. Let us go and look for Elijah. Perhaps the Spirit of the Lord has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley."
Elisha shook his head, "No. Don't send them."
Maybe he was in shock over Elijah leaving. We didn't know why he said that. We continued to offer to go search for Elijah.
Elijah had a twinkle in his eye and he raised his had to quiet us. "Okay, Go ahead and send them."
We worked our way across the river and set out to search the countryside for Elijah. We journeyed to the mountains and valleys, calling his name and never found him. After a thorough search, we gave up and sadly returned to Jericho and found Elisha.
We bowed before him and lowered our heads. "We did not find Elijah."
He shrugged. "Didn't I tell you not to go? I knew you wouldn't find him. The Lord has taken him to the heavens, as I said and saw Him do."
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1. Where were the prophets from?
2. Why did they follow Elijah and Elisha.
3. When Elisha came back alone, the prophets asked him if they could _______
4. Why did Elisha say yes?
5. What did the prophets find?
6. They went back to Elisha to report their findings. What did Elisha say?
7. Where did Elijah go?