(NIV1984) 2 Kings 2:3 – “The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, ‘Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?’
“‘Yes, I know,’ Elisha replied, ‘but do not speak of it.'”
They knew. They knew Elijah was going to be taken up. Did God tell them? Either way – they knew. They knew and they thought Elisha didn’t – and maybe to some people, like me, that would be offending – that they thought they knew something and I didn’t when he was my master – but Elisha doesn’t seem offended by it.
And, of course, Elisha knows, too. He knows, and that’s probably why he goes with Elijah even when he’s told to stay behind, because he doesn’t want to lose him either, and he wants to stay with him as far as he can get. And he doesn’t want to be reminded about it either. He knows Elijah’s being taken up and will be gone, but he doesn’t want to dwell on it. He wants to spend these last moments with Elijah, not with anyone else, and certainly not being reminded of what he’s about to lose.
This chapter with Elisha makes him very real to me.
It also makes me wonder how the disciples felt during the Last Supper and right before Jesus died.