A nonbeliever's SECOND reading of the Bible

A nonbeliever's SECOND reading of the Bible
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Friday, February 13, 2009

2 Kings 2:23-24: "... 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."

Sometimes at the copy machine, we find ourselves in the awful predicament of having to fill it back up with paper, because the last person to use the machine did not. In the employee breakroom, the stains on the table suggest that someone ate some barbecue chicken, but did not bother to clean up after himself.

And to make it worse, when passing by two employees, you overhear them gossiping and saying mean things about you, giggling in hushed tones as you pass by.

Quite often, irritation arises with fellow employees because of various reasons; neglect, gossip, etc. This is when we should consider 2 Kings.. 2:..23-..24, when the Prophet Elisha sent two female bears to maul and tear apart 42 children who were making fun of him.Most Christians might ignore this story, saying it has nothing to do with Jesus teachings. This is what is called "cherry picking".

The story of the 42 children being torn apart is a part of the collection books that we Christians call the "inerrant Word of God." And so we must embrace it as truth.

There must be wisdom in this story, and this is it:The next time you hear your constitutuents gossiping about you, or if you know who it was that didn't fill up the copier, or who didn't clean up their mess - ask God to repeat the events of 2 Kings 2:23-24. Put yourself in the sandals of the Prophet Elisha, and remember, as Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, "... whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

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