There is a story in Kings, Chapter 13, that has an interesting lesson in it.
… “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water.” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.'” Kings 13:21,22
A man of God went to Bethel from Judah, and pronounced judgment on Jeroboam while he stood at an altar burning incense. Jeroboam was a king of Judah who led the people astray from God, and made priests of whoever he wanted to. He set up altars and worshiped other gods, and got the people to follow along.
This man of God who pronounced judgment on the king, was told by God not to eat or drink in this town, or return by the way in which he came.
Another prophet heard about this man’s acts of judgment, and about his mission from God. This prophet, for some reason, lied to the man of God, and told him that an angel spoke to him, telling him to bring this man of God to his house, to give him something to eat and drink.
The man of God, believed the prophet, and ate and drank at his house. While he was eating, the LORD came to the prophet who lied, and had him tell the man of God that he disobeyed the word of the LORD, and that his corpse would not be buried in the tomb of his fathers.
The man of God was attacked by a lion while riding his donkey after he left the prophet’s home.
He was buried in the prophet’s tomb who lied to him. His name is not mentioned in the Bible. However, the prophet said that everything the man of God said would be fulfilled concerning Jeroboam.
The lesson here is that when God tells us something, we shouldn’t take someone else’s word on what they say God told them. We should let nothing turn us from the truth of God’s word.
We need to be careful what we hear, and who we listen to.
One other thing I learned from this story is that God’s word prevails.
Finally, when a nation has an evil king such as Jeroboam, the whole nation suffers.
Another prophet in Chapter 14 is quoted as saying “but you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger and have cast Me behind your back”—
“Therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam every male in Israel, bond and fee; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone.” Kings 14:9,10
Just as we are blessed when we have Godly leadership, we are also in danger of disaster when our leadership is ungodly.
Dear God, sometimes it is easy to be deceived. Even good people might tell us the wrong thing to do. Help us to stay true to You, seeking Your council, and following You wholeheartedly. Let nothing separate us from Your love.Keep us from being deceived. In the name of Jesus, Amen.