delivered once again. It is of this deliverancethis chapter treats, and it is to the extraordinarycircumstances attending the promise I wish toturn your thoughts. The time came for Elishato die, — his long career was at last to have anend. We know not how old he was, but morethan sixty years had passed since Elijah had'' cast his mantle upon him." He could remem-ber his master Elijah and his conflicts with Ahab,he could remember how the host of Israel hadgone out in battle array under the leadership of their warrior king, with hearts beating high ands258 The Arrcw of the Lord^ 8 Deliverance. [Serm.spirits inflamed by false hopes of lying prophets,to rescue Ramoth Gilead from the Syrians ; andhe coold remember a broken force of fagitiveshurrying back from the battle-field, and fillingthe streets of Samaria with the sad tale of abattle lost and a king slain. And he could re*member when his time had come, and Elijah wasto be taken away, that his eyes had been opened tosee '^ the chariot of fire and the horses of fire'' inwhich Elijah had been taken up to heaven. Fiveand forty years had passed since he had anointedby divine command the son of imshi to be king,and now his grandson was on the throne, — andthe summons came for the servant to follow hismaster. But he was not to be translated intothat invisible world like Enoch of old time, orthe great Tishbite, without seeing death. Forhim was reserved the common lot of all men, thesick bed, the wasting away, the gradual sinkinginto the grave.