• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 21, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 1-3

II Kings 2:18 KJV And when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

No one likes to hear, "Told you so". But oftentimes that is exactly what God's messengers are reduced to. Elisha saw Elijah go up into heaven in that chariot of fire. Upon which Elisha took up his mentor's mantel, returned to the Jordan River and just as he saw his predecessor do, he smote the river, the river parted, and he walked over on dry ground. The only exception between his parting of the river and Elijah's was, when Elisha smote the water he cried, Where is the LORD God of Elijah. He found out where God was, the LORD God was with him.

Immediately after returning to the sons of the prophets they saw that God's spirit rested upon him. Therefore they accepted him as their new leader. However, as it is with all new leaders that leadership was tested. They, the sons of the prophets, wanted to send fifty strong men to find Elijah's body. Elisha, their new leader, told them no, saying, Ye shall not send. Yet, they pestered by urging him until he relented and said, Send. They thought that they had an excellent idea, let's find our old leader's body; perhaps they wanted to have a great ceremony or memorial service to him. At this point they were still honoring their old leader more than their new leader.

Elisha knew that they would not find a body, he saw Elijah go up into heaven. If he told them of this, which makes sense, they didn't believe him. They thought perhaps the Lord picked the prophet up and then dropped him back to earth. Regardless of what they thought, they didn't think Elisha was right in telling them no. So he acquiesced and told them to go search for the body. Upon their return, with empty hands and heavy hearts, their new leader told them: Did I not say unto you, Go not, basically saying, "I told you so."

The way to keep the distaste of the "I told you so" away is to believe people. Especially leaders. Especially leaders that are eyewitnesses to things you have not witnessed. Believe them unless they become unbelievable, or untrustworthy. Two deficits of which Elisha was not guilty. The sons of the prophets had to see their new leader in the same revere as their old. Therefore the story.

Until Tomorrow, believe Christ today. As your leader He has been there and back. Yes sirree bob!

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