Talk about a strange story. This is it. The story and what happens. The Lord sends one of His prophets to King Jeroboam of Israel. Jeroboam, to keep his people from worshipping in the city of Jerusalem, sets up his own worship centers, chooses his own priests, establishes his own holy days, and worst of all, creates man-made idols for the people to worship. Baddest of the bad!
This prophet gives due warning to Jeroboam and a chance to repent. No way! Not interested! So, God allows Jeroboam a traumatic seizure of his hand, the altar to false gods shatters and turns to dust. ‘Help!’, cries Jeroboam. This prophet prays. God responds. A healing occurs. The king then asks the prophet to remain with him as his religious guide.
But no, he can’t do that. Verse 9– “For I was commanded by the word of the Lord, ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.'” God is clear as clear can be– go home! Now enters one called ‘a certain old prophet’ (v.11). Somehow he gets the other prophet to stay with him for a meal. Not what the Lord had told him to do. That cagey, old-goat lies through his teeth, which are probably as false as he is!
Too bad neither prophet listens to the Word of the Lord. How about you…and me? Too bad when we cave into society’s norms rather than God’s Word. Too bad denominations cease hearing from the Bible. Too bad when pastors do the same. Too bad indeed.
Who do you listen to? Whose voice counts?
Lord, we want to hear and heed you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.