The next entry regarding the Name of the LORD comes from an instance in the life of the Prophet Elisha. If you remember, the Prophet Elisha was the protégé of the Prophet Elijah. Elijah had spent his life telling the people about the true God and to turn away from the worship of baal. At the end of his witness, Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot to Heaven. He did not experience a bodily death, rather he was taken up and in doing this his mantle fell to Elisha who took on the role of prophet that Elijah left to him.
We read in 2 Kings 2:23-25 The Prophet Elisha’s curse
From there Elisha went to Bethel. While he was on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him. “Go up, baldhead,” they shouted, “go up, baldhead!” The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the Name of the LORD. Then two she bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces. From there he went to Mount Carmel and thence he returned to Samaria.
The ‘small boys’ the passage speaks about may have been teenagers who had assembled to mock a prophet of God. When they taunted him by calling him bald, they were mocking his prophetic office because a shaved head denoted his dedication to the LORD as His prophet. Also, they were chanting ‘go up’ which referred to how previously the Prophet Elijah had been taken to Heaven in a fiery chariot. As the news of that miracle had probably spread far, even to these youths in Bethel which was a city full of idolatry, their contempt of the Prophet Elisha and his words prompted them to taunt him and tell him to go away, so to speak, because they wanted nothing to do with talk of God or His prophet.
The youth were cursed in the Name of the LORD because to ridicule Elisha was to ridicule the LORD Himself. The seriousness of the crime was indicated by the seriousness of the punishment as a warning to all who would scorn the prophets of the Lord.