"And he went up from thence unto Beth–el: 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." (2 Kings 2:23-24 KJV)
This sounds horrible when we read what happened to these teenage to 25-year-old men. The term used by the translator to refer to these young men is one that is quite flexible. It is used for a young child, but it can also refer to what we would call a “young man.” It is apparent that these are not “little boys” who accost Elisha, but “young men.” They were mocking God's chosen one---they were mocking Our Wonderful God. What did Elisha "see" when he "turned back and looked on them?" Did he "see" all the sins they (God's people) had committed against God?
Scripture doesn't say that Elisha called up those bears. Our Wonderful God called the bears. If God did it, He did it for a definite purpose or reason. So let's look at this for a moment and see what the reason could have been. This was a time that God's people were worshipping those "gods" made by the hands of man. Was Our Wonderful God warning His people of the upcoming conquest and depopulation of the Northern Kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians and the eventual destruction of all Canaan by the Babylonians under King Nebuchnezzar? They needed to turn from their wicked ways and return to Yahweh. God always warns us! We just don't listen. And neither did they listen. They just kept insulting God!
Is Our Wonderful God warning us of the coming Tribulation? Or maybe He is telling us with this long ago story that we, as a nation, are following false "gods" as the nation of Israel did. Are you following the true God? Or are you following a "world god"?
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself, arising the third day to sit by God interceding for you when you sin. Read the Book in the Bible called Revelation which talks about the time coming called Tribulation. Read the website tomorrow, 5/09/18, for #3 Elisha's Servant, Gehazi.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Wonderful God with faith and obedience every Sunday. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) with Bible Study then Worship Services (10:30 AM), and the entire time the nursery is open for infants and toddlers. There is a children's church during the morning Worship. An Hispanic congregation, El Faro, holds a Worship Service at 1:00 PM in Spanish. At 6:00 PM we have an evening Bible Study (in English) along with AWANA clubs for children throughout the school year. Wednesday evening we meet for Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. Come sing in our choir. We practice at 5:00 PM on SUNDAY. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Wonderful God.