by Jeff Strite

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Series: Traveling With Elijah
Jeff Strite
II Kings 2:1-15

OPEN: I love trivia. I enjoy all kinds of trivia games. AND being a preacher, I especially love Bible trivia. In fact, I've even came up with my own Bible trivia question that I use sometimes to stump other preachers once in awhile:
The Question: "How many times in Scripture did people cross rivers or seas that had been parted so they could cross on dry ground?"

The answer: FOUR.
First when Moses led the people out of their slavery in Egypt and crossed the Red Sea.
2nd - when Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land and crossed the Jordan on dry ground.
And then (in our text today) when Elijah crossed the Jordan to meet with the Fiery Chariot and when Elisha crossed it again to reenter Israel.

That's a GREAT trivia question. And as far as I've ever been concerned, it had no lasting theological value.
But then… maybe it does.

Romans 15:4 tells us (referring to the Old Testament Scriptures):
"… EVERYTHING that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."

So - how much of the Old Testament was written to encourage us and give us hope?
ALL of it.
Including the stories of people crossing these bodies of water.

Now, I'll get back to that in just a little bit… but first, let me lay a little foundation.

In Romans 15, Paul was telling us that (as New Testament Christians) the Old Testament can teach us…
… about God
… about endurance
… about encouragement
… and about hope.

But as valuable as the Old Testament is to us Christians, that doesn't mean that we are to live our lives as Old Testament people. As Galatians 5:18 tells us:
"… if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law."

The Old Testament was a covenant/ contract that God established with Israel. And that contract was based upon the Law. The that Law had one major drawback - it c ...

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