(leg’s all wobbly. The other’s upstraight)

Focus your desire for fun in the right direction:

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. the people ate and bowed down before these gods.  – Numbers 25:1-2

The Bible doesn’t say how the Israelite men got involved in sexual immorality. We do know that the sacred prostitution was a common practice among Canaanite religions.  At first, they don’t think about worshipping idols; they were just interested in sex.  Before long they started attending local feasts and family celebrations that involved idol worship.  Soon they were in over their heads, absorbed into the practices of the pagan culture.  Their desire for fun and pleasure caused them to loosen their spiritual commitment.  Have you relaxed your standards in order to justify your desires?


Making fun of leaders:

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.  – 2 Kings 2:23-24

This mob of youths was from Bethel, the religious centre of idolatry in the northern kingdom, and they were probably warning Elisha not to speak against their immorality as Elijah had done. They were not merely teasing Elisha about his baldness, but showing severe disrespect for Elisha’s message and God’s power.  They may also have jeered because of their disbelief in the chariot of fire that had taken Elijah.  When Elisha cursed them, he did not call out the bears himself.  God sent them as a judgment for their callous unbelief.


©Dodgons Sanctuary Church (Kingsway), St. Barnabas Church, 1973.



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