2 Kings 2:12

2 Kings 2:12  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 8
2ΚΙ 2:12"My impression as to the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof is, that faith in Elisha connects the chariots of God with Israel. (Compare Psa. 68:17,18) Hence he calls it the chariot of Israel. He sees prophetically in the angelic power which was taking up the ascending Elijah the deliverance of Israel by the same power. For us it is the power which wrought in the Christ when God raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places. Connect, for this power which will finally deliver Israel, Deut. 33: 2; 2 Sam. 22:9-11; then Psa. 68:17 (it is remarkable, Adonai is among them); Hab. 3:3-8; Rev. 8:5; Psa. 18:12,13; Psa. 104:3,4, &c.
"I suppose Elisha knew the secret of this power when he picked up the mantle of Elijah-a power not yet displayed fully for Israel, but Elisha was in its secret, (See chap. 6:16,17) Elijah had passed through the waters by a power that rolled them back; the full deliverance will, come because that power has been exercised in the depths through which Jesus has passed. (Psa. 18:14,15) I think there is something analogous to Elisha being in' the secret of a power not yet fully exercised in Rev. 5 We are surely in the secret of that chapter. The Lamb in the midst of the throne having overcome to take and open the book. The throne is not yet openly acting, and the rider on the white horse not yet come forth; but I believe we are in this secret, that even now, in all the political actings, and amid the schemes of men, there is the secret acting of the throne, because the Lamb is in the midst of it. The suffering one has overcome, and is there, and the actings of God, even now providentially, are all in connection with Him. As to crisis, it is all future; but if our eyes are open, we know now the secret of the power which will accomplish all.
In 2 Kings 13:14 the vessel of this power is just departing, and the words of Joash recognize that Elisha was the vessel of the power of deliverance for Israel. It was a wonderful scene as the window was opened, and the arrow of the Lord's deliverance sped on its way; but everything breaks down in man's hand, and there is no faith in the king to use the power."
T. H. R.