Last Sunday, July 23, 2017, we were again treated to the voices, enthusiasm and happy faces of the Patriot Singers. It is always a joy to have this special group in our worship service! They sing from deep within their heart and hesitate not to “let it go” in song and sound.
Our new Cadillac Community Church and Cadillac Community Bible School are humming right along with Dr. Jim Stark sharing a “teaching moment” each Sunday during the worship service. From my point of view they are a “learning moment”. He asked if we ever wondered what some of the people in the Bible looked like(?)….then proceeded to tell us that Elisha was bald.(II Kings 2:23-24) It is written that a group of youths were mocking him and he turned around and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Two bears came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the youths. How about that! What a wonderful, fascinating and completely factual Book of Life God’s Holy Word is!
Added insight: For the “want to learn mind,” this moment in Elisha’s life was right after he had received Elijah’s literal cloak as prophet and God’s servant to Israel. There are several oddities in this passage, other than the bald comments and harassment mockery by the youths per Elisha on his return trip from watching Elijah “swept up” by a fiery chariot. Elijah had swiped his cloak on the River Jordan to cross over it while walking with Elisha. The Jordan parted and they walked across on dry land. When Elisha turned back to the Jordan River, he shouted out, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” Then he struck the waters of the river just as did Elijah a few minutes earlier. The waters parted again and 50 prophets on the other side of the river witnessed this.
This confirmed Elisha as the true prophet of God. [2 Kings 2:15] The 50 prophets then declared, “The spirit of Elijah is now upon Elisha.”
Pastor Gina Tuch