Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 13:11-34
In the story here we see the man of God once again. We learned that he was nameless, authentic, and obedient. Now we see him on his way home as God had commanded. On the way, an old prophet hears of what he has done and rides to meet him and invite him to dinner. Again obeying God he refuses. The old prophet, to get his way, decides to lie and say God had sent an angel to tell him to bring him into his home to eat and drink. This convinces the man of God to go home and eat with him.
While they are eating, God tells the old prophet that the man of God would die because he did not obey God’s command. So he was sent away on a donkey and a lion came and killed him on his ride home. The lion doesn’t consume or destroy his body though…so we see a dead man of God, a donkey, and a lion all there on the side of the road. When the old prophet heard, he went and brought the body back and buried him in his own grave. He commanded his sons to bury him in the same place when he died. We end the chapter seeing that Jeroboam, after all of this, goes back to his old ways.
Be alert to obvious temptation (1 Kings 13:11-17)
Just as with Jeroboam, here the man of God avoids the obvious temptation. The old prophet meant him no harm, as possibly Jeroboam would have. Rather he just wanted to spend time with him.
Nonetheless, the command from God remained. The man of God is alert and refuses the offer. This is an easy, but helpful application for us.
Be alert to obvious temptation. Sometimes it is the obvious things that trip us up the easiest. We know they are there. We know how they work. But for some reason we allow them to get us.
Be alert. When God says, “Don’t,” then just don’t. Don’t refuse the king to turn around and be taken by the old man.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082