I was reading about Elisha in 2 Kings 2:23-25 the other day, “Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.”
I thought, why would God allow Elisha to call down a curse on young people making fun of him?
I started to research this puzzling scripture and found out a possible reason.
In 1 Kings 12:25-33, King Jeroboam was afraid the people would kill him, and return to King Rehoboam, whenever they went to Jerusalem to worship God. He decided to make two golden calves and tell his people to worship them instead!
“So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.” He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.” 1 Kings 12:28-30.
For the people to worship this golden calf was an violation of the law of God, and curses were to follow those who broke it.
In Deuteronomy 27:15 & 18 the Bible says, “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” and verse 18, “Cursed shall be the offspring of your body”
A prophet cannot call down judgment unless it has first been granted by God.
Numbers 23:8 states, “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?”
It seems this event was a judgment of God because their parents worshiped the golden calf instead of going to Jerusalem as commanded.
Even though we now are not under the law, our children still reap the consequences of our decisions.
Father, help me to always follow Your word so my children will know the right way to live. In the name of Jesus, amen.