Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 13:1-10
Here in chapter 13 a prophet is being sent by God to Jeroboam. He comes to tell Jeroboam two things: First, God has denounced your brand of religion. Second, the prophet tells him that his altars have no legitimacy with God and that they will be split apart. He didn’t keep his promise to God when he became the king.
He is told, “A descendant of David will end your dynasty.” Jeroboam doesn’t like this and orders the prophet to be seized! As he reaches out his hand to send the order his hand withers. Then the altar was split and ashes poured out. This causes Jeroboam to change his tune and he begs the prophet to ask God to restore his hand. The prophet does and Jeroboam invites him into his home. The prophet refuses on God’s command not to.
Nameless 1 Kings 13:1
Did you notice this prophet is not named? Scholars have spent days researching this man’s name. Some have even concluded a given name for him. It is my conclusion that the fact of his remaining unnamed helps make the point.
It was not who he was that was important. Rather, it was what he came to say. He came with a word from God.
You and I can operate similarly. It is not who we are that is important. Not that our testimony doesn’t matter. Rather, it is the Word we share that makes the difference.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082