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.
Obedient 1 Kings 7:10
Would you have wanted to go home with the king? He could have gotten cleaned up. He would have had a nice place to stay. He would have been fed a top notch meal. He has already done the work God told him to. What’s the big deal?
The big deal is that God also told him not to eat and drink with them, and not even go back the way he came. This seems to be a bit much. Nonetheless he was obedient to what God asked.
We will face times where biblical principles seem to be a bit much. It will be easy to say, “God meant this for a different time and understands where I am now.”
Be obedient. Obedience is the best way to show trust. Trust that God knows what He knows. Trust that God knows why He commands what He does.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082