2:14 the water was parted . . . and Elisha went over. God designated Joshua as the approved successor to Moses (Num. 27:12–23; Deut. 31:1–8; 34:9; Josh. 1:1–9) by having Joshua lead the people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land, much as Moses led the people through the Red Sea (Ex. 14; 15; Josh. 3). Now God designates Elisha as the successor to Elijah by dividing the Jordan for him as He did for Elijah (v. 8).