Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, February 18, 2019

Theme: AVOIDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Text: “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.

Comment: God Almighty is no respecter of persons, be they adults or children. Whosoever transgresses His law will be judged and punished accordingly. The case of Elisha the prophet and the forty-two children that were torn by the two she-bears is an example for children to take caution in the way they relate with elders, particularly elders in the Church of God. Those children mocked Elisha the prophet, calling him “Thou bald head; Thou bald head”. The man of God turned back and cursed them and the consequence that followed was disastrous in that they were all killed by the she-bears. The fact that we are living in the time of grace in which the penalty of such misconduct may not follow immediately is no license for foolishness. King Solomon warned “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Ecclesiastes 8:11) Children should learn to fear God and have respect for elders. “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”  “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” – Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31.