The Deceived Prophet

Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 12; Philippians 3

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Kings 13:1-25


In today’s key passage, we find the tragic story of a deceived prophet.  An unnamed prophet went from Judah to Bethel and spoke out against Jeroboam and his practices of appointing priests outside of the tribe of Levi and erecting idols.  The prophet spoke the words of God and was used by God for His good purposes.  Part of the message he received from God was that he was not to stop and eat any bread or drink any water on his way back home, and he was not to return the way he came.  As he left Bethel, he was stopped by another prophet who wanted the unnamed prophet to return to his home to eat his bread and drink his water.  At first, the unnamed prophet stood firm and told the other prophet that he was under strict orders from God.  Eventually, however, the other prophet was able to convince him by claiming the Lord spoke to him, and the unnamed prophet returned to the man’s house.  As he was eating, the other prophet received a word from God condemning the unnamed prophet for disobeying God’s commands, and when the unnamed prophet left he was killed by a lion along the road.  In the span of just a few short paragraphs, this unnamed prophet went from being a man through whom God spoke, to being a man condemned to die by God’s righteous punishment.

So what can we learn from this tragic story?  First, we can learn that when we are given specific instructions by God we cannot allow anyone or anything to sway us from doing what God told us to do.  We all know what God wants us to do.  It is spelled out in His Word for all of us to see.  We are to obey His commands.  We are to love other people.  We are to reach others for Him.  We are to be His ambassadors to the world.  Sometimes others will try to turn us away from God.  Sometimes, our own rationalizations will try to turn us away from God.  We must not allow this to happen.  This leads to the second point we can learn from this story, which is that God expects complete obedience from us.  He does not expect us to obey Him some of the time.  He expects us to obey Him all of the time.  He does not expect us to obey some of His commands.  He expects us to obey all of His commands.  He gave the unnamed prophet specific instructions and He expected them to be followed.  When they were not, the result was tragic.  Likewise, He has given each of us specific instructions that He expects to be followed, and if they are not the results will be tragic.  My prayer today is that all of us can learn a lesson from the deceived prophet.  My prayer is that none of us will allow anything or anyone to sway us from our mission, and my prayer is that all of us will practice complete submission and obedience to our sovereign God.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on June 13, 2015, in 11 - 1 Kings and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.”

    To me the first prophet was the happy one. Better to be a prophet willing to do God’s will even at the risk of being cheated and killed.

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