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“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and 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” (2 Kings 2:23).
Text: 2 Kings 2:19-25
Believers are light and salt of the world. They are to sweeten their environments and sanitize the society generally. Through the gospel of peace and truth, they turn darkness to light, bitterness to sweetness and crises to peace.
Prophet Elisha in today’s text healed the water in Jericho and removed the barrenness of the land. He demanded for a new jar and put salt in it. He went straight to the spring of the waters and cast the salt in it to purify the water and the miracle happened immediately. This miracle was to establish Prophet Elisha as the man of God to replace Prophet Elijah.
As Prophet Elisha went up from Jericho to Bethel, some little children came to meet him to mock and jeer at him saying, “Go up, thou bald head, go up, thou bald head,” making allusion to the recent taking up of Prophet Elijah to heaven. Divine justice came upon the children as God knew that they had attained the age of accountability. They were old enough to be making jest of a man of God without any fear. Therefore, they were old enough to be responsible for their misdeeds. God hates sin in both young and old. Insult or mockery of men of God is an affront to God Himself. Men of God should be respected and honoured.
The judgment that came upon the children should compel Christian parents to give their children proper training so that they will not indulge in ungodly acts that will lead to their untimely death. Adults who malign and reproach men of God should repent before divine judgment comes upon them.
Thought for the day
Gospel preaching has a better starting at home.