Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

“Sunday Sermon”

The Prophet Elisha grew up in the desert. When his mentor, the Prophet Elijah was translated, Elisha became the prophet and adviser to the kings of Israel. He performed mighty miracles during his ministry.

Renaissance Painting – Mocking Children in “Modern” Attire:

Even the Lord’s “anointed” isn’t always treated with respect. As Elisha went up to Bethel, “little children” came forth out of the city and mocked him. The King James Version describes them as “little children.”  But this is not quite accurate. They weren’t primary age children.  The footnote clarifies that this was a group of “youths, not little children.” 

Obviously, it was a gang of teenagers. Who else would be so reckless to taunt the Prophet of the Lord!  They were probably annoying deacons.

So, the teenagers mocked Prophet Elisha saying, “Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.” They were probably calling him names like “baldy,” “chrome dome,” “polar ice cap,” “turtle waxer,” and “cue ball.”

Elisha could have ignored them. But he probably had a bad day. Thus, “he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord.” Yikes!

After Elisha cursed, “There came forth two she bears out of the wood and tare forty and two of them.”

I don’t know why the attackers are identified as “she” bears.  However, I do know that my wife is less tolerant of deacons than I am. We also know that deacons can move like lightning when they are running away to avoid getting caught. Accordingly, it is unlikely that any of them were actually killed by the bears. They were just “torn” — a little.

Medieval Painting – Balding Head?

This story teaches us several important life lessons:
Respect your elders. 
Don’t mock prophets. 
Don’t taunt bald dudes. 
–Watch out for “she” bears.

(See: “Elisha,” Bible Dictionary; 2 Kings 2:23-24)

Aftermath of Bear Attack – Renaissance Painting
Medieval Painting -Bears Feasting on Children
Medieval Painting: What Happened to Elisha’s Bald Head?


One thought on “Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

  1. “Just like we know that Isaac was twelve years old or younger, or twenty years old and older, at the time Abraham offered him as a sacrifice. ”

    When I first read this, I had to reread this, trying to understand the significance of the age split… Until I read:

    “Because, to offer him up as a teenager would not have been a sacrifice.”

    Hillll-arious! 👍😆😅😄🤣😂


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