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Elijah's Translation to Heaven.

Elijah's Translation to Heaven.

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kin. ii. 9 — 12. And it came to pass, when they were gone
over, that Elijah said zinto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for
thee, before I he taken away foom thee. And Elisha said,
I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be iipon me.
And he said. Thou hast asked a hard thing : nevertheless, if
thou see me when I am taken away foom thee, it shall be so
unto thee ;' but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to
pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there ap-
peared a chariot of Jire and horses of fire, and parted them
loth asunder; and Elijah went up by a luhirlwind into
heaven. And Elisha saw it ; and he cried. My Father, my
father ! the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof !
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kin. ii. 9 — 12. And it came to pass, when they were gone
over, that Elijah said zinto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for
thee, before I he taken away foom thee. And Elisha said,
I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be iipon me.
And he said. Thou hast asked a hard thing : nevertheless, if
thou see me when I am taken away foom thee, it shall be so
unto thee ;' but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to
pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there ap-
peared a chariot of Jire and horses of fire, and parted them
loth asunder; and Elijah went up by a luhirlwind into
heaven. And Elisha saw it ; and he cried. My Father, my
father ! the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof !

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Elijah's translation to heaven. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.2 Kin. ii. 9 — 12. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said zinto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I he taken away foom thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be iipon me. And he said. Thou hast asked a hard thing : nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken away foom thee, it shall be so unto thee ;' but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there ap- peared a chariot of Jire and horses of fire, and parted them loth asunder; and Elijah went up by a luhirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it ; and he cried. My Father, my father ! the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof ! RELIGIO, however despised by men, has inva- riably been honoured by God. He has said, " Them that honour me, I will honour :" and he has fulfilled his word to all his servants in all ages. The tokens of his love and the communications of his grace have in different measures been vouchsafed unto them ; and for the most part some visible manifestations of his favour have been given them, in proportion as they have visibly displayed their regard for him. On some occasions the honour conferred upon his servants has been exceeding great. oah, Abraham, and many others, have been so distinguished by him, as to be set, as it were, above all the rest of the human race that existed in their day : and in two instances, the one before the deluge, and the other since, he has condescended to exempt from death frail mortals like ourselves; and to exalt them in their embodied state to the celestial Paradise. Of Enoch we have spoken formerly : we are now to speak of the other instance, the prophet Elijah— We propose to consider,
 
I. The 243.] Elijah's traitslation to heaven. 101 I. The translation of Elijah — In order to get a just view of this subject, we must notice, 1 . How he was occupied — [This eminent servant of Jehovah was indefatigable in his Master's work : nor, when informed of God's gracious purpose respecting him, did he relax it, but rather abounded in it more and more. He laboured for the pullic good. There were schools of the Prophets, which he had established for the preservation of true religion (amidst the general defection to idolatry,) in the land of Israel. These he visited at Gilgal, at Beth-el, and at Jericho, to strengthen and encourage all the students previous to his final departure from them How blessed, how suitable an employment 1 Thus did Paul go about " confirming the churches," and exert himself with all fidelity for the good of the Ephesian church, when he knew that they were about to *' see his face no more**." Thus did Peter also, when he knew that his departure was at hand^ : and thus did our blessed Lord him- self just previous to his crucifixion. What encouraging dis- courses were those which he delivered to his Disciples '^ : and how wonderfully sublime his parting prayer "^ ! Thus too should every servant of God exert himself as long as his Divine Master shall see fit to continue him on earth. To train up others for the same glorious service is the most acceptable office he can perform for God, and the most profitable work he can execute for man. or luas the Prophet inattentive to the welfare of his private
 
friends. ^^What shall I do for thee before I go ?" was the question which he put to his servant Elisha. He knew that after his de- parture he could benefit his friends no longer ; and therefore he would improve the present moment to the utmost of his power. How worthy of his high character was such conduct as this ! How carefully should every Minister, yea and every private Christian, put to himself this question, " What more can I do, for my country ? for my friends ? for my very enemies ? What can I do as a parent, for my children ? as a master, for my family ? as a friend, for my most endeared companions ? as a Minister, for the people committed to my charge ? Is there no one who particularly needs from me a word of reproof, of con- solation, of encouragement ?" The Lord grant that at whatever hour we shall be called hence, we may be found thus labouring in the way most suited to our respective spheres, and our several capacities !] 2. How he was removed — \_" A fiery chariot and horses of fire," that is, angels under that "" Acts XX. 17—38. " 2 Pet. i. 12—15. « John 14th, 15th, & l6th chapters. * John, 17th chapter. 102 2 KIGS, II. 9 — 12. [243. that appearance, were sent to convey him to heaven, without his ever tasting the bitterness of death. What a blessed change did he then experience I But such is indeed the change which everv saint experiences at his departure hence. The body, it is true, must die, and be consigned to the grave ; but the soul sha 1 be carried by angels into Abraham's bosom : and tlie body

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