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. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.
(2 Kings 2:23-25)
(2 Kings 2:23-25)
Today's Morsel: The younger couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy replied. "Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?" "Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Pa say to Ma, 'Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day." (humor).
I always like it when I see ministers who can have fun with children. Often, children don't think that they can have fun with ministers because many ministers take themselves too serious. I would hate to think that any child is afraid of me as a minister. Elisha seems to be a minister that could not handle being teased or being made fun of. Granted, children should be taught how to give honor and respect to the ministry, but they should also be taught not to be afraid of the ministry as well. If a child becomes afraid of the ministry, they may miss their calling of God. Scripture says, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:1-6). Solomon said, "The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice" (Proverbs 23:24-25); Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate"(Psalms 127:3-5). Children should know that it is a joy to serve the Lord, and this begins by seeing adults who have fun serving Him.
Sing: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red and yellow black and white they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.