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Elijah is Taken to Heaven (II Kings 2:1-14)

Elijah had anointed Elisha to be his successor and had discipled him.  On his last day on earth, Elijah tells Elisha to stay behind because God is sending him to Bethel.  Elisha replies that as God and Elijah live, he will not abandon him, and off they go.  Twice more Elijah tells Elisha to stay behind and twice more he refuses.

Elijah doesn’t tell Elisha that God is taking him today, but all the other disciples of the prophets do.  Elisha tells them he knows and to be quiet. 

What a difference Roman rule made in the lives of prophets and disciples.  Elijah tells Elisha to stay.  Jesus told the disciples to follow Him.  Elijah never told Elisha he was leaving, but Elisha knew, admitted it and understood.  Jesus told His disciples plainly that He would be betrayed to the Jewish authorities and crucified, but they never got it.  No matter how many times Jesus told them He would be crucified and rise again, they couldn’t believe the resurrection. 

There are similarities.  Three times Elijah told Elisha to stay and he loyally refused.  Three times Peter denied Jesus.  Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him.  Both Elisha and Peter made the same promise to not abandon their master.  After Elijah’s departure, Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.  After Jesus’ departure, Peter was able to do Jesus’ miracles and more (John 14:12).  So can we.

 

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The Tares among the Wheat

(Matthew 13:24-30)

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to Jesus who sowed disciples in the world.  But the devil came and sowed his disciples among the disciples of Jesus, and went away.  The disciples of Jesus sprang up and bore fruit, the fruit of the Spirit.  The servants of Jesus questioned the crop, and were told of the enemy’s activities.  The servants of Jesus volunteered to gather up Satan’s disciples, but Jesus didn’t want the true disciples to be rooted up with the false disciples. 

Jesus allows us to grow together until He comes again.  We disciples of Jesus must grow with the disciples of Satan.  When Jesus returns, the angels will separate the disciples.  Satan’s disciples will be burned.  The disciples of Jesus will be gathered into heaven. 

I cannot escape Satan’s disciples, but I can identify them by the fruit they bear.  I must live and work with them, but I must not let them overtake me.  I must weed out the seeds they drop into the soil of my soul.  I must be vigilant to keep my vine well watered, fed and pruned, so that I can be stronger than the tares.  Most of all, I must make sure that my branch stays closely attached to the true vine, Jesus.