Scripture Monday – Mauled by Bears

There are some strange and wonderful stories about the prophet Elisha. Here is one example from 2 Kings.

“From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 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. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.” (2 Kings 2:23-25, NIV).

This is wild!

I suppose the moral of the story is to not tease people. Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about these verses?

Also, randomly, I wonder if there is any sacred art that depicts these verses. One example, via @deviantmonk, is below. Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Scripture Monday – Mauled by Bears

  1. As luck may have it, there is artwork of that scripture: http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/2011/03/greatest-church-mural-ever/

    Not sure how sacred it is though. 🙂

    And while the moral of this story is not to tease people, this very verse was once used in a class I was in… to poke fun at the professor. (He took it quite good natured, thankfully! Ask a class full of smart alecs to find a scripture reading for the day, and beware the results. Moral of that story.)

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Chuck! I feel a little silly about having never uploaded this…evidently I forgot. Anyway, I have remedied the situation. Here it is:

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