|1 Kings 13 |
1 Now behold, by the word of the LORD a man of God came out of Judah to Bethel, while Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
2 And he cried against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, "O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: 'Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and he shall sacrifice on you [the altar] the priests of the high places who now burn incense on you, and men's bones shall be burned on you.'"
3 And the man of God gave a sign that same day, saying, "This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: Behold, the altar shall be split apart and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out."
4 And it came to pass, when King Jeroboam heard what the man of God had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, "Seize him!" But his hand, which he stretched out against him dried up, so that he could not pull it back to him again.
5 Also the altar was split apart and the ashes poured out from the altar according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.
6 Then the king answered and said to the man of God, "Plead now with the face of the LORD your God and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me again." And the man of God pleaded with the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him and became as it was before.
7 So the king said to the man of God, "Come home with me and refresh yourself and I will give you a reward."
8 But the man of God said to the king, "Even if you were to give me half your house, I will not go in with you, nor will I eat bread or drink water in this place.
9 For I the LORD gave me strict orders: 'You shall not eat bread or drink water or return by the same way that you came.'"
10 So he took another road and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.
11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father all the words that he had spoken to the king.
12 And their father said to them, "Which way did he go? For his sons had seen the way the man of God from Judah had gone.
13 Then he said to his sons, "Saddle the donkey." So they saddled the donkey and he rode on it,
14 And went after the man of God. And he found him sitting under an oak, and he said to him, "Are you the man of God who came from Judah?" And he said, "I am."
15 Then he said to him, "Come home with me and eat."
16 And he said, "I may not return with you or go in with you, neither will I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.
17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, 'You shall not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way that you came.'"
18 Then the old prophet said to him, "I am a prophet also as you are. And an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, so that he may eat bread and drink water.'"1 (But he was lying to him.)
19 So the man of God from Judah went back with him and ate and drank water in his house.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back.
21 And he cried to the man of God from Judah, saying, "Thus says the LORD: Because you have disobeyed the mouth of the LORD and have not kept the command that the LORD your God commanded you,
22 But you have come back and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place where the Lord said to you, 'Eat no bread and drink no water,' your corpse shall not be buried in the tomb of your forefathers."
23 And so it was, after he had eaten bread and drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, for the prophet whom he had brought back.
24 Now as he went on his way, a lion met him and killed him, and his corpse was thrown down on the road, and the donkey and the lion stood beside the carcass.
25 And men passed by and saw the corpse thrown on the road, and the lion standing by the corpse, and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
26 And when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, "It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the LORD; therefore the LORD has delivered him to the lion, which has torn him and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke to him."
27 Then he spoke to his sons, saying, "Saddle me the donkey." And they saddled it.
28 And he went and found the corpse thrown down on the road, and the donkey and the lion standing beside the corpse. The lion had not eaten the corpse or torn the donkey.
29 So the prophet took up the corpse of the man of God and laid it upon the donkey and brought it back, and the old prophet came to the city to mourn and to bury him.
30 And he laid his body in his own tomb, and they mourned over him, saying, "Alas, my brother!"
31 After he had buried him, he said to his sons, "When I am dead, bury me in the tomb in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.
32 For the message that he with the LORD's authority against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines of the high places that are in the cities of Samaria will surely come to pass."
33 But even after this thing, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but again made priests for the high places from the lowest of the people; anyone who wanted to, he consecrated to become one of the priests of the high places.
34 This thing was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that caused it to be cut it off and destroyed from the face of the earth.
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1 I am a prophet also as you are. And an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, so that he may eat bread and drink water.' The man had been told directly by God to not go back the same way, and not to eat or drink. So here comes another person, who tells him differently. Being hungry, he probably wanted to believe the contrary message. But, once you have been clearly told something to do by the Lord, unless he himself clearly changes the commands, with logical understandings as to why the change is necessary, you are not to discard the first commands. And if someone else tells you God has given them a different command for you, forget it; never take someone else's instructions to override what you have clearly received as a command from God.
If you have received some vague, incomplete message that you have interpreted as a command, and if an elder then corrects you — OK, don't continue; your mistake was to interpret the vague message or the incomplete message to be a command from God. You are supposed to ignore all such messages because it is the devil's trick to lead you to guess what you are supposed to do; and when one guesses, they invariably follow their own pride and lusts to their harm. But if you have received a clear command from God, do not let anyone, angels included, counteract that command.
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