(NIV1984) 2 Kings 2:7-8 – “Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan: Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.”
I really should look at my map again – I’ll probably edit this post later – so look back for that part!
Anyway – what are those fifty men thinking? Why are they standing around apparently watching the two of them? Because it seems to me that’s what they’re doing. Are they hoping to see Elijah get taken up? If so, why are there only fifty of them? Wouldn’t everyone want to see that? And how many prophets are there, that fifty is only one part of them?
Now we see God performing a miracle through Elijah that He did similarly through Moses – though on a more gran scale then – parting a body of water so that people may go across on dry ground. And I’m sure it was no less amazing to see. Perhaps this is what those fifty were waiting for – some visible display of the Lord’s power? And if so, this is comforting to me – that even prophets who heard the voice of God wanted to see Him work and move – whatever their reasoning.
And also that God would perform such a miracle for only two people – He’s not forgetting anyone. There are miracles in the day-to-day for each of us, and sometimes only meant for a small minority.