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!

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.)

    1. Andrea – I had not seen this either, fantastic!

  2. Chuck Russell May 23, 2011 — 6:28 pm

    I have often said this is my favorite children’s story in the bible 🙂 Watson created a cool cartoon depicting this. It was part of the shocking Bible stories series Gant did – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_zeDOBaMu8&feature=player_embedded is the promo video for the series and he has a video that is directly about it.

    1. Chuck – Thanks for tipping the hat on this video – Nice!

  3. 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:

    1. Fantastic! I hadn’t seen this before and I think I’ll update the post to include. Sacred art, indeed!

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