Watching From Afar


“Fifty disciples of the prophets stood at a distance

as Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan River.”

2 Kings 2:7


How is it possible to know that something very significant is about to happen and totally miss it? It’s very possible as we read in this chapter. Elijah and Elisha went through three towns. In each town there were schools of prophets. In today’s world, we would call them Bible Schools. In this story, 150 prophets in total approached Elisha. Each prophet knew God was about to take Elijah that very day. Yet, none of them accompanied this great prophet and leader.


What’s even more astonishing is the last town they went through. 50 prophets welcomed them there. But they just stood from afar, watching. None of them tried to approach him. So, what’s the problem with them just watching? They missed the greatest blessing for their lifetimes, making it the biggest tragedy of their lives.


Friends, it’s very possible to miss the greatest blessings of our lives because we are not in tune with the Spirit of God. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to get as close as anyone could get to witness one of the greatest miracles. As God takes Elijah home, Elijah’s time on earth was up. He was about to pass from this realm to the next. All 150 prophets knew about it and none of them accompanied him. Like, really? What kind of prophets were they? Sad!


The last 50 prophets even stood from afar and saw Elijah strike the Jordan River with his cloak. The Jordan River parted and Elijah and Elisha, (the only prophet) who refused to leave his sight, walked across the parted river safely to the other side on dry ground. What a miracle. You see, God’s real children walk in authority and power. There are always signs, wonders, and miracles happening all around them, as we see in t