Can anyone justify 2 Kings 2:24 ?
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I am under the impression that someones feelings were hurt and they used the power of God to maul 42 children.
"He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys." (2 Kings 2:24 NIV)
Let's start a little before this and examine who Elisha was. Elisha was a prophet and man of God who was taught by Elijah. Elisha sucessed Elijah when Elijah was taken up into heaven by God in a chariot of fire. After this occurred, Elisha remained a prophet and traveled many places. . Not too far off from Elijah's departure is when 2 Kings 2:24 occurrd. Elisha was entering Bethel when he was heckled and verbally abused by a group of 42 boys. According to 2:23 it says they yelled "get out of hear baldy." Other translations say "go on up bald head." So let's recap, Elisha is entering Bethel when a group of more than 42 people show up to greet him. there is dispute to the age of the boys, but it is likely they were young men, or juveniles. This could be from 13 to 18, of all shapes and sizes. For the over 42 people to group together as a mob to heckle a specific man, it is unlikely they were just children goofing around. These where young men who knew what they were doing and were malicious and hostile. This mob was mocking the prophet they knew Elisha to be, by calling him a bald head and telling him to go on up. Go on up was referring to Elijah's departure into heaven. They wanted Elisha gone and never to be seen again, because he was a prophet and believed in God. They may have been implying for him to go die. When call him bald head it could mean more than just being physically lacking hair. We don't know for sure, but it is very likely it is an insult derived from the lepers who had shaved heads. . It could have been actualy baldness, but for over 42 young men to gather and berade a man for being bald is ridiculous to be frank. Now we know the context of the situation: Elisha entering a Bethel, hostile group/mob insulting him for being a prophet, and at the same time insulting God. Elisha recognized they're lack of respect and fear for him or God, and called down a curse on them. Now, we all know that Elisha isn't God, and cannot being down a curse directly on to the group. Elisha merely called for it. It is unlikely that Elisha specifically said some phrase that called for bears to come out, but rather condemned the young men for their despicable actions of hate. God was the one who summoned the bears out to then kill 42 of the group. God is all knowing all powerful. He created the world and all that is in it. He created man in his own image. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NIV)." God commanded man not to sin, but Adam and Eve sinned and brought it into the world. All men became sinful after this, but they where without excuse. "For since the creation of the world God"s invisible qualities"his eternal power and divine nature"have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 NIV)" He gave man the Ten Commandments and commanded to obey them and to obey him. He layed out the penalty of sin and neglect to obey Him. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NIV)." God created man and had authority and gave commandments. The penalty of disobeying the commandments and neglecting God in your life is death, as described in Romans. God has the ability and power to take life whenever he pleases, and Is just in doing so, for he created man. God doesn't need any other reason other than sin and lack of repentance to condemn anyone. God was just in killing the group, regardless of what they did, but it is easier to understand after I have given you the context of the situation. For whatever reasons He may have, God justly brought death upon the group at that moment in time rah tree than later in their lives. Either way he was just in what he did, for man is without excuse.
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