Elijah’s ministry ends, Elisha’s starts.
The books are called Kings but should perhaps have been called Prophets.
This chapter seems like a climax of the coming of them as the leaders of the people and carriers of God’s message.
The larger kingdom has seemed like a disaster, all the kings of Israel have been God hating. But it’s given rise to the greatest leader yet. It’s a pattern of God to pull his largest victories out of seemingly his greatest setbacks.
The Old testament could be seen as a series of proto Christs. These are people who are earthly examples of the character of God, and through whom much revelation of God’s power and salvation come.
We had Joseph in Genesis, when the chosen people were just one family.
Moses led the event that made them a nation, their greatest leader, so close to God
Gideon and perhaps Deborah in the era of the judges.
David clearly, the good king, the poet of salvation.
Now Elijah/Elisha, they are almost like one continuous leader. The hope of salvation has passed from kings to prophets.
They tour groups of prophets. A pro-Jehovah religious renaissance is breaking out all over. They all recognise that this is goodbye to Elijah, God is speaking to all of them.
He does signs of Moses. Parting the sea and walking on dry land.
Goes one more, doesn’t die. The chariot of fire that takes him to heaven is the most extraordinary miracle of the Bible so far.
Unlike all the others I can’t recall anything obviously bad being recorded about Elijah. Very Christ like.
At the end of the book Elisha, carrying on alone calls on another sign of Moses, making water drinkable.
He goes to the main centre of calf worship and the visit stirs up a large crowd of unruly youths, who mock him and who he curses. Bears come and their attack breaks up the riot. (Apparently they didn’t necessarily die in a close reading of the text.)