Jeroboam Confronted

And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. And the man cried against the altar by the word of the Lord and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the Lord has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord. And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as it was before. And the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” And the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, for so was it commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel. 1 Kings 13:1-10.

This no-name prophet not only comes to rebuke the king of Israel as he stands by his pagan altar, he brings the power of God to back it up. Then the king backs down and asks the prophet to restore the arm God just withered in public. After healing the king, he turns down a reward and a meal in order to obey God, who told him to return home by another way and not to stop for food.

Apparently this news travels fast, and another unnamed prophet wants to meet him. He invites the young prophet to his home, but the prophet refused because he has orders. So the older prophet LIES and says an angel appeared to him and that the orders have changed. The young prophet believes him, and it costs him his life.

Since the young prophet chose to believe the older man rather than God, the Lord actually uses the lying prophet to tell him his disobedience would be punished. Since the young man was willing to listen to this man rather than God, he listens to him foretell his death.

Yes, sometimes people in the ministry will mislead you. When you know what God has called you to do, do not let someone’s dream or vision supercede your own.

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