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Judgment on Bethel - by Michael Phillips
Elisha the Prophet - Part 5 of 17
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2 Kings 2:23-25
Jan 09, 2005 am - THE STORY There once was a prophet in Israel whose name was Elisha. One day, he came to the city of Bethel where he was met by some very bad kids who mocked him, 'Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!' This made the prophet mad and so he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Out of the woods came two she-bears who tore up and killed forty-two kids because they did not respect the prophet of the Lord. CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS This is one of the Bible's great stories and one I've told my own children many hundreds of times. All kids love it because it's full of action, blood, and guts. Some parents, however, find it rather disturbing. They don't want to criticize either the prophet or his God, but they can't shake the feeling that there's something wrong with it. While laughing at a preacher's shiny head is not polite, it is also not a capital offense! Yet, that day, it was. Forty-two real, living children were torn to pieces by angry bears because they made fun of Elisha. Some try to blunt the story's edge by making the children into young adults who should have known better and got what they deserve. The problem is, that's not what the Bible calls them! The KJV says they were ... More >>>


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