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When God Does Not Make Sense

FRIDAY 2 Kings: 2:16-18

This week our devotions will center around the transition from Elijahs’s ministry to Elisha’s in 2 Kings 2, which culminates in the strange text in 2 Kings 2:23-25. This story brings up a difficult issue for Christians: Sometimes God does not make sense! These devotions come primarily from . The devotions will set the stage for this difficult text on which Melanie Ciccalese will preach next Sunday.

Why does God make sense to some and not to others? Why doesn’t God just convince everyone the same? Elisha knows the servants won’t find Elijah but finally allows them to suit themselves. Was there some benefit to the three day search? Did Elisha accomplish something important in Jericho during the search? We simply don’t understand why God allows us the individual freedom to do as we please.

2 Kings 2:16-18
Then they said to him, “Look now, there are fifty strong men with your servants. Please let them go and search for your master, lest perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has taken him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.” And he said, “You shall not send anyone.” But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, “Send them!”Therefore they sent fifty men, and they searched for three days but did not find him. And when they came back to him, for he had stayed in Jericho, he said to them, “Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”

a. Please let them go and search for your master: The sons of the prophets wondered if the chariot of fire had not merely taken Elijah to another place in Israel. Elisha knew that it had carried him to heaven, so he was hesitant to give permission for what he knew would be a futile mission.

b. Did I not say to you, “Do not go”: Elisha knew that the mission would be futile and it was. Elijah was carried up to heaven, not some other place on this earth.