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10 Mar 2019
2 Kings 2
Andrew Sach

“Swing low, sweet chariot”

2 Kings 2

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How do we know that Jesus is the Saviour-Judge?

1) Christian experience?

2) Eye-witness evidence of Jesus’ resurrection

3) Fulfilment

 

1) Elisha is Elijah’s true successor

 STRUCTURE

 vv1-7 Elijah tries to shake off his successor

 vv8-15 Elisha succeeds Elijah

 vv16-18 Ongoing doubts:
a futile search for Elijah

 vv19-22 Elisha can save, just as Elijah did

 vv23-25 Elisha can judge, just as Elijah did

 

Elijah seems reluctant to hand over the mantle to Elisha, perhaps because of the terrible judgment that is about to fall?
(cf. 1 Kings 19:15-19)?

But there is no doubt that God has appointed Elisha as his successor

 

4) He parts the water, just as Elijah had done (v8, v14)

 

5) And we are meant to laugh at the fifty sceptics (vv16-18, cf. 2 Kings 1)

 

 

2) Elisha is unmistakably the Saviour-Judge

 

He brings salvation at Jericho
(vv18-22; cf. 1 Kings 16:34)

 

 

He brings judgment at Bethel
(vv23-25; cf. 1 Kings 12:28-30)

 

3) All of this foreshadows the coming of Jesus

 

 

Moses   Joshua

 

 

 

4) Elijah   Elisha

 

 

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6) John the Baptist  Jesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Jesus is unmistakeably the Saviour-Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee questions

If you are not a Christian: what do you make of the way that Jesus fulfils the Old Testament? Does this persuade you of his identity as Saviour and Judge?

 

If you are a Christian: how might you point sceptical friends to the extraordinary way that Jesus fulfils prophecy?

 

Everyone: have we forgotten that Jesus, the Saviour, is also coming to judge?