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  • The Results of Respect and Ridicule

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  • 2018-07-20   [열왕기하(2 Kings) 2:15 - 2:25]


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  • 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him opposite them, they said, "The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha." And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
    16 And they said to him, "Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men. Please let them go and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the LORD has caught him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley." And he said, "You shal
    17 But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, "Send." They sent therefore fifty men. And for three days they sought him but did not find him.
    18 And they came back to him while he was staying at Jericho, and he said to them, "Did I not say to you, 'Do not go'?"
    19 Now the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful."
    20 He said, "Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.
    21 Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it."
    22 So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.
    23 He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, "Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!"
    24 And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.
    25 From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.

    2018-07-20   The acts of the children in Bethel were not just innocent child’s play, but insulting acts against God. If those children had lived in awe of God, would they have ridiculed God’s prophet?

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이해하기(Understanding)
When the sons of the prophets saw that Elisha parted the Jordan River and walked across it, they bowed to him and confirmed him as the successor to Elijah. Many of the sons of prophets did not believe that Elijah went up to heaven, so they hired fifty strong men to search for Elijah, but the men’s search was fruitless (vv. 15-18). Jericho, where Elisha was staying, was a great place to live, but the water was bad, so the trees were unfruitful. Elisha went out to the spring of water and healed it by throwing salt in it (vv. 19-22). While on his way to Bethel, children made fun of him, calling him bald, so Elisha cursed them. The children were later killed by two she-bears who came out of the woods. This is an extreme reminder that jeering at God’s servant is the same as mocking at God (vv. 23-25).

적용하기(Applying)
Who is God?
God gives blessings and curses. In Jericho, because they accepted God’s authority, had their water healed through Elisha, but Bethel, who mocked God’s authority, had their jeering children cursed. Am I in awe of God and acknowledge His authority?

What is the lesson for me?
Don’t make fun of anyone. The children of Bethel who jeered and mocked Elisha, who God who had appointed, were judged. Making fun of anyone is making fun of their creator, God. If you are making fun of someone, stop, repent, and ask for forgiveness.

기도하기(Praying)
Help me to live respecting You and Your authority, and to embrace those around me.