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 aware of subtle temptation (1 Kings 13:18-24)
It is fairly easy to avoid obvious temptation…I don’t drive by the ice cream parlor while on a diet! But when we aren’t told the truth things become harder to figure.
The old prophet takes it upon himself to change God’s plan. He tells the man of God that an angel came and told him it would be alright for him to stay and eat. This contradicts God’s original instruction. However, it comes from a supposed credible source. The man of God goes along with it. He is fooled by subtle temptation.
Avoid subtle temptation. This cost the man his life. What will it cost you? Things won’t always be as they seem, but God and His Word never change.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082