Lately, I’ve been listening to the Bible as I walk. There is a great podcast – The Bible Podcast – a free download available at iTunes. I highly recommend it. This ministry reads books of the Bible and makes each chapter a podcast episode. It’s great because you can listen to as much (or as little) of a book of the Bible as you want as often as you want.
Anyway, for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been studying (and listening) to the books of IKings and II Kings. I like to read the Bible, but I also seem to get other nuances from listening to it being read.
There are some interesting stories in the books of Kings. You begin to wonder why God has so much patience with us down here. Seems to me (when you read Kings) that it would have been much easier to just zap us all and start over. Yeah, I know He kinda did that with Noah, but even so.
One story at the start of II Kings I find particularly interesting. Elisha, the prophet, has taken the cloak of Elijah (who was whisked to heaven in a chariot of fire – an interesting story in itself), and is walking down a road. There are a bunch of kids…well…here’s the account straight from the book itself:
“From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ they said. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria.” (II Kings 2:23-25)
I just don’t quite know what to make of it.