Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Elishah and baldness!

It is said** that only one person in the Old Testament did not die. Elijah was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind without the usual inconvenience and discomfort. (II Kings 2:11.) His acolyte, Elishah made a special request that he should receive a double portion of Elijah's spirit, and was granted it having seen his teacher taken away.

Presumably self-effacement and tolerance were not two of Elijah's good qualities then, because a very short time later when Elishah visited Bethel (II Kings 2:22) he found himself being mocked by children because he was bald. Being a broad-shouldered prophet one might have expected that he would be used to worse than that, but his reaction suggests not.

Personally I find it not too difficult to cope with being teased for the same characteristic, but he cursed the children and two 'she bears' came out of the woods and killed 42 of them.

God does indeed work in mysterious ways.

** p.s As Cindy correctly pointed out in her comment Enoch was the other person in the OT who did not die.


cindy said...

You are wrong there were two people that didn't die in the OT. Look it up!!

Hilary said...

Yup "Enoch walked with God and was no more..." and as for the she bears...well the moral of this is never mock a bald person :)

Anonymous said...

Strange how the Bible bangs on about prophets when, as Dan Barker points out, if the future can be prophesied then God is powerless because the present and future must be entirely fixed and unchangeable.

Anyone would think the authors of the Bible either weren't very bright or hadn't thought things through.

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