These chapters make me giggle. First off, there’s not a lot of back story or context for the whole Ahaziah-fell-through-a-lattice story. I want to know more. What was he doing??
Second, my flannel graphs in Sunday school never properly prepared me for a leather-loin-girdle-wearing Elijah. Where are the billowing robes!?! It reminds me of John the Baptist’s crazy outfits. Elijah was pretty much God’s favorite man on earth, at the time, and he’s described as: “a hairy man with a leather girdle bound about his loins.” (1:8) which is, apparently, his signature look. Why do we make such a fuss about what is acceptable church attire?
Then the whole story leading up to his departure is strange. All the “you can stay here“s and the prophets repeatedly telling Elisha he was about to be left behind. I like it. I don’t have anything insightful to add besides, “the Bible is entertaining”. I hope you enjoyed these chapters today as I did. You can read Carly’s post from last time if you want something more profound.