I would like to get some ideas as to why God chose to have this story in the Bible.
And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria
1. There are many things which Elisha or Christ did which are not recorded in the Bible.
2. If a story is in the Bible, it is for us to learn something from it
3. It tells us something about God.
4. I personally have no problem with anything God does, since what God wills is good.
5. God's servants are imperfect, and this may not be the perfect way to deal with little children.
6. They were little children.
7. In my city, there are street kids who smoke glue and a few of them can be life threatening.
8. Thus I don't care if they were under 10 or not.
9. Christ is the gold standard and He never cursed anyone.
10. Christ rebuked his disciples when they wanted to call fire down on Samaritans, telling them that they did not know what spirit that idea came from, meaning Satan.
11. God backs up His servants when they are going about His business, even when His servants act imperfectly.
12. Elisha looked back on the kids and cursed them. Elisha had already escaped them.
13. Elisha may have been traumatised by the kids mobbing him, but it seems all they did was disrespect him.
14. It is possible they recognised Elisha as a servant of YHWH and were persecuting him for that, and taunting him to "go up" like they knew Elijah had done.
15. I have no problem with God killing evil little children. I would have a problem with man doing it.
16. After all, there are more children where they come from.
17. Many miracles in the Bible are done when servants of God are about God's business. Preachers mistakenly think these miracles are promised to Christians living their everyday lives.
18. God sometimes acts in the heat of the moment, and sometimes does less than perfect things. For instance, after going to a lot of trouble taking Israel out of Egypt, God wanted to wipe them out and make a nation from Moses. Moses talked God out of it.
19. We know that Christ loves little children and tells us to be like innocent, little children. Some children, though little, are not innocent, and may actually be ruined for life. Maybe the ones mobbing Elisha were such.
20. The value which humans have is the value which God assigns them. God assigned a lot of value to Elisha, and little value to the children in this case.
21. Even if the little children were mauled to death, God has power over life, and has the power to bless these children in the future. God said it would be more tolerable for Sodom than Capernahum in the judgement, showing that God has a time to bless Sodom. Likewise God could raise and bless these children at a time in the future, when He raises and blesses Sodom.
22. I could be wrong about some points above, but I personally prefer it when folks have an opinion that is wrong, than no opinion except that everyone else's opinions are wrong - what I call the journalist approach.