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Stand on God’s Word

July 5, 2016

1 Kings 13: 8-9, 15-24

But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’”

15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”

16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’”

18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.)

19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.

20 Now it happened, 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 out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, 22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’”

23 So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back.24 When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse.

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For the complete context of this passage, reading the whole chapter will help.

In short, the current King of Israel, Jeroboam, was wicked and evil. Jeroboam was approached by an unnamed prophet. This prophet, prophesied things that were to happen instantly and in the years to come. The king was humbled for a split second and offered to show the man of God some kindness.

We pick up in verse 8, where the man of God says, God told him not go in with him. The prophet was obedient and stood on God’s Word. Great Job!

Then we fast forward to verse 15, where we have an old prophet approach the man of God and offer some kindness and hospitality. This old prophet lied about his so-called word from the Lord. But this sounded good to the man of God, he consented and followed. This led to his death.

There are many questions that pop up here, but without writing a whole book, let us stick to the most important message, and the only one we can really prove.

The man of God, was clearly instructed by the word of the Lord. In these days a true prophet had a special direct line with God. Today we do not have that connection. Praise the Lord we have something far greater, the Holy Spirit and Gods Living Word.

God speaks to us gently and quietly. Many times we are unsure if it is really God placing these thoughts and ideas on our hearts and minds. This is where reading our Bibles daily, growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ strengthens us and prepares us for situations like the man of God faced.

Men, when God places something on our hearts, we know it to be of God because it lines up with His Word and we have peace from the Holy Spirit, we must stand on that no matter what.

We live in a very diluted and confusing society. Christianity is so watered down, so diluted that it can be very difficult to navigate according to Gods holy word.

Remember that if you are a child of God, there will be punishment and consequences when we do not follow Gods word. Not because God is unjust or unrighteous or even unfair. It is because God loves you and knows best for you. God is trying to get your attention, since nothing else is working.

Don’t wait for punishment. Get in His Word men, meditate on it day and night. Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you Gods truth every time you read. Repent of all your sins, turn from them completely. Be holy because God is holy. Then in grace, mercy and truth never waver on Gods everlasting word.

Do not end up like this man of God, unfulfilled and incomplete in you work for the LORD.

 

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