Be Careful of the Counsel You Keep

“And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him.” 1 Kings 13:18 ESV

The Kingdom had been divided, and one of the new kings, Jeroboam, had transformed from a figure like Moses, who delivered the people of God from oppression, to one like Aaron,  who fashioned golden calves and led the people of God into idolatry. As Jeroboam was preparing to sacrifice to his golden calves, a prophet of the Lord came to speak over him the Lord’s judgment. The man of God had specific instructions from the Lord: speak your peace and leave immediately without taking food or drink from anyone.  The man of God, of course, did this in the presence of the king but was persuaded by an older prophet on his return home to eat with him when the older prophet lied about receiving a vision from the Lord that made the younger prophet’s partaking of food and drink in his home acceptable to the Lord. The younger prophet, who just called Jeroboam to repentance by speaking the truth of God, lost his life because he allowed a false prophet to alter his course before the Lord.

Beware of false prophets. If the word of someone who claims to know the word of God does not line up with the Lord’s already revealed word, do not listen to them. Trust what God has already spoken, for the Lord does not contradict Himself. Trust in His words and His provision; otherwise, you may encounter a lion on the road who takes your life and guards over you as a reminder. Pray this morning for a discerning heart and a mind filled with God’s truth.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 174: 1 Kings 12-14)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Deception, Truth.
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