Teaching Children About Bible Miracles – Elisha Curses Youths For Their Irreverence

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Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God.  If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today.  Here is an easy way to do that interactively.

Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of 2 Kings:   Elijah curses youths for their irreverence (2 Kings 2:23-25)

After watching Elisha demonstrate his prophetic office by parting the waters of the Jordan and healing the poisonous waters, some irreverent youths confronted Elisha and taunted him.

Ask the children…

What did they say to Elisha?

“As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. ‘Go away, baldy!’ they chanted. ‘Go away, baldy!’” (2 Kings 2:23)

These idolatrous boys were not God fearing and they were mocking God’s prophet.  Calling Elisha baldy was mocking him since they believed baldness was a sign of sickness and disfavor.

Taunting God’s prophet was the same as taunting God.  What did God do through Elisha to show His displeasure at their irreverence?

“Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them.” (2 Kings 2:20, 24)

When God is at work, we want to get on board.  The last thing we want to do is to get in God’s way as these young boys did.  God will still get done what He wants to but there is a price to pay for opposing His work.  Thankfully for us, even when we sin against God and get in His way, He has provided a way of forgiveness through His Son Jesus.

Now you can see how Bible miracles are God’s way of blessing the world.  Glory to Him!!!

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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