Interesting! Amazing! Provoking! Every one of these adjectives describes my Bible reading. How about yours? Do you read the Word for study only or, like me, do you take the time to just read it for the pure joy of it. Don’t get me wrong, I do study the Word! But every morning, with coffee in hand, I simply read it, asking God to let me see something new and amazing each time. He honors that request almost every day and today was no exception.
We all know that Moses parted the waters at the Red Sea, and stopped the rivers on the journey to the Promised Land. Did you know there are others? I found two in 2 Kings Chapter 2.
Elijah was trying to get away from Elisha because he knew he was about to be taken to the LORD. First, he told Elisha to stay where he was because God had an errand for him in Bethel. Elisha wasn’t having any of that. He knew what was about to happen and he wasn’t leaving. Then Elijah said God had an errand for him in Jericho. Same thing happened, so they traveled together. Finally, Elijah said God has an errand for me at the Jordan. Elisha is not about to let him out of his sight. When they get to the Jordan, Elijah hits the water with his cloak and it parts allowing them to cross on dry ground. When they reach the other side Elijah is taken to Heaven in a whirlwind, his cloak falls to the ground. Elisha, having already asked to be like Elijah, uses the cloak to part the waters again and return to the other side. As I said, interesting, amazing, and thought provoking.
Here’s another interesting connection. (I love it when the Old and New Testaments connect!) At the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13) Jesus met both Elijah and Moses. Isn’t it interesting that the One who walked on water and the ones who parted the waters were great friends and needed to talk to one another while Jesus was this side of heaven?
Keep on keeping on!
Heavenly Father, put a great desire in all of us to know more and more of You! As David said, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Make it so for all of us Lord!