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Elijah departs from Elisha: a Skit for 2 Kings 2:1-12

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Our First Lesson 2 Kings 2:1-12

Narrator: Now the Lord was about to take Elijah into heaven in a whirlwind. Elijah and his servant Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Gilgal was on this side of the Jordan River in the Promised Land. God’s mighty hand had worked wonders in this region. The Children of Israel under Joshua had crossed the Jordan River on dry land from Shittím to Gilgal, like Moses had done with the Red Sea. Bethel, meaning, the “house of God” in Hebrew was the location of the Ark of the Covenant and Jericho had been the place where they blew their ram horns and God made the walls come tumbling down. Elijah had fulfilled his mission in driving Baal worship out of the land.

Elijah (to Elisha) Stay here in Gilgal, for the Lord is sending me as far as Bethel.

Elisha: As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.

(During the following narration, Actors move to the area of the choir seats by way of the organ side walkway.)

Narrator: So they walked over the mountains a matter of seven miles south as far as Bethel. A guild of prophets came out of the city approaching Elisha.

Guild of Prophets: Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?

Elisha: Yes, I know; keep silent.

Elijah: Elisha, stay here in Bethel. The Lord has sent me to Jericho.

Elisha: As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.

(During the following narration, the actors move down to the center of the aisle between the pews.)

Narrator: So once again they walked over the mountains through the stony trails and passes that led to that old, old city of Jericho. When they arrived the guild of prophets, who were in Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him:

Guild of Prophets: Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?

Elisha: Yes, I know; be silent.

Elijah: Stay here, Elisha; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.

Elisha: As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.

(During the following narration, the actors move up the center aisle toward the altar until they stop in front of the steps.)

Narrator: So the two of them went down from Jericho to the nearby Jordan River. Fifty of the prophets from the guild of that city followed them down to the river and they stood at some distance from them. Meanwhile Elijah and Elisha were standing by the Jordan River. Then Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water and the water parted from one side to the other, until the two could cross over, like the children of Israel, on dry ground.

(Actors move up steps and stop in front of altar.)

(During the following dialogue until the end of the skit, the congregation begins to sing “swing low sweet chariot” and “steel away”. Mark will lead the congregation.)

Elijah: Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.

Elisha: Please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.

Elijah: You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken away from you, it will be granted to you; if not, it will not.

(When the line is read “Elijah ascended in a whirlwind”, actor playing Elijah will exit the altar through the office door.)

Narrator: As they were walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching, crying out:

(During the following line, actor playing Elisha should fall on his knees.)

Elisha: Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!

Narrator: But when Elisha could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces!

(Actor playing Elisha will tear some sort of old cloth in two.)

 

Swing low, sweet chariot
Commin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Commin’ for to carry me home

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus
Steal away, steal away home
I ain’t got long to stay here

My Lord, called Elijah
God called him by the thunder
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul
We don’t have long to stay here

Swing low, sweet chariot
Commin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Commin’ for to carry me home

 

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Written by peterkrey

February 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

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