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The Second Week in February





We Read…


The theme of fire and light comes up a lot in this week’s reading. Elijah is whirled away in a fire, we read about the devouring fire of God, and we see Jesus transformed and dazzling with light. God’s power is referenced in many ways in Scripture, but fire and light are some of the most common. This light is all-consuming; it catches our attention, it sends a signal that this is important, and it drives out any of the darkness surrounding it wherever it is. 


• How do you think the people in our stories felt when they experienced the light of God?

• Where do we need this powerful light in our own lives today?



2 Kings 2:1-12

Now the LORD was going to take Elijah up to heaven in a windstorm, and Elijah and Elisha were leaving Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here because the LORD has sent me to Bethel.” 


But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 


3 The group of prophets from Bethel came out to Elisha. These prophets said to Elisha, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?” 


Elisha said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!” 


4 Elijah said, “Elisha, stay here, because the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” 


But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So they went to Jericho. 


5 The group of prophets from Jericho approached Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master away from you today?” 


He said, “Yes, I know. Don’t talk about it!” 

6 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, because the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” 


But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives and as you live, I won’t leave you.” So both of them went on together. 7 Fifty members from the group of prophets also went along, but they stood at a distance. Both Elijah and Elisha stood beside the Jordan River. 8 Elijah then took his coat, rolled it up, and hit the water. Then the water was divided in two! Both of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you before I’m taken away from you?” 


Elisha said, “Let me have twice your spirit.” 


10 Elijah said, “You’ve made a difficult request. If you can see me when I’m taken from you, then it will be yours. If you don’t see me, it won’t happen.” 


11 They were walking along, talking, when suddenly a fiery chariot and fiery horses appeared and separated the two of them. Then Elijah went to heaven in a windstorm. 


12 Elisha was watching, and he