ELISHA, A GANG OF CHILDREN, TWO BEARS
What are your thoughts on these two passages of scripture?
2 Kings, chapter two,verses 23 and 24 "And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
My thoughts..Elisha had just performed a miracle (healed the waters). He was feeling good, and the devil used a whole gang of ruffians to try to make fun of him and get him defeated. Sure, he was bald headed, but they were just using that as an excuse to mock the man of God (and ultimately God himself). God did not take lightly the mocking of his man. That gang of children found out this truth when those two bears ferociously tore into them. After this spiritual battle, Elisha went to Mount Carmel and then returned to Samaria.
I would say that trifling with a man of God is a serious thing in the eyes of God. He has said, "Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm." (Psalm 105 verse 15.
Elisha knew that God was for him.
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author of My Walk with the Lord, www.selahbooks.com, preacher, retired US Army