Dying Alone

Surprisingly, people want to die alone. Time after time, I hear stories of a family member who left the room for a second and the person dies in that moment. 

Why do we choose to die alone? Is it because we are afraid that we’ll mess it up? We want that special moment only with God? Note highlights from 2 Kings 2. Elisha tries so hard to be left alone on his final day.

The Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” 

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”                              And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” 

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” 

Elisha (and Elijah) travelled from Gilgal to Bethel, then to the Jericho and finally to Jordan.

Elisha’s death was prolonged because Elisha wouldn’t quit. On the other hand, Elijah got a blessing from Elisha in the end.

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