Why is Elisha’s request a hard thing?


2 Kings 2:10

KJV - 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

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July 01 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shirley H Wife, mother, veteran in the spiritual war we all face!
Although Elisha's request was legitimate, Elijah did not have the power to grant it. That power was God's. 

If God granted the request of Elisha, Elijah would be taken away. 

So as you know, God granted the request and Elisha saw Elijah, taken away in the chariot of fire.

June 23 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I'd say that it was because the fulfillment of Elisha's request was ultimately not within Elijah's power or authority to grant. Therefore, Elijah attached a condition, the fulfillment of which would depend upon God (both regarding the manner in which Elijah would be taken, and what Elisha's position at that time would be).

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