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1 Kings 13 – 14

1 Kings 13

The Deeds of Jeroboam

God sent his servant to rebuke the apostasy of Jeroboam, and prophesy of another who would destroy the idols; calling him by name Josiah [YHVH will help].  The prophet cried out against Jeroboam and his altar to idols.

1 Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.

Today’s corporate Ekklesia organizations will also be destroyed along with their idols of men and false teachings in great tribulation, unless they sincerely repent and turn to a zeal to reject their idols and to live by every Word of God.  God has not left his people without a warning.

13:3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

Then Jeroboam sought to harm the man of God who was doing his duty to God, and God defended him drying up Jeroboam’s arm.

13:4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

A sign was given in the rending of the idol’s altar and the drying of Jeroboam’s hand so that Jeroboam was terrified, but instead of repenting he tried to buy off the man of God.

13:5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.

13:6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

13:7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

The man of God rejected the bribery of Jeroboam and rejected anything from him as being tainted by idolatry.

13:8 And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: 13:9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

The man of God then sought to return to his own place, but another prophet came out to test him.

13:10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. 13:11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

The sons of this prophet told him these things and saddled his ass so that he might go out to meet the man of God.

13:12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. 13:13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

This story is a profound lesson teaching us that we are to follow no person contrary to the whole Word of God and that we are to do everything that God should require of us.  Paul writes that we are even to reject angels from heaven, if they teach us to live contrary to any part of the whole Word of God (Gal 1:8). 

When God says something in his Word:  DO IT!  And when we are told something by any man, or by any spirit;  prove out that spirit whether it is of God or not by testing it against the whole Word of God.

Do not be deceived, even by an apparently  genuine prophet of God like this man was; and do not be deceived by false spirits; like so many today are being deceived away from zeal for the Word of God into a false religion of a mere appearance of spirituality without the works of enthusiastic obedience to God.

Galatians 1:8   But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel [than that of repentance from sin and salvation by Jesus Christ; to go and sin no more] unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

God’s prophet found the man of God and tempted him to act contrary to God’s word; which was a test from God.

1 Kings 13:14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

13:15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

The man of God resists the temptation to sin from this apparent prophet.

13:16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: 13:17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

The prophet then lied to the man of God

13:18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. 13:19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

The prophet who had deceived the man of God was taken by the Spirit of God and prophesied against the man that he himself had deceived; for God had been testing that man of God to see if he would obey the whole Word of God in all situations.

13:20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 13:21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 13:22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

The man of God then rode on his saddled ass until a lion killed him

13:23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 13:24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

The lesson here is that will not so much as spare his own prophet who fails to live by every Word of God, neither will God spare the leaders and elders of today’s Ekklesia who teach people to be zealous for idols of men and not to be zealous to live by every Word of God.

Then the lying prophet who had deceived the man of God because he had only wanted to spend some time with him, understood his own guilt and buried the man of God in his own grave.

13:25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 13:27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him. 13:28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass. 13:29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.

This prophet must have been devastated to know that it was by his momentary weakness in lying that a man of God had been deceived to sin against the Word of the LORD.  Many of today’s leaders and elders will also be devastated when their eyes are opened and they realize that they have led the brethren astray from God and into great correction.

13:30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! 13:31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones: 13:32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest [least reputable] of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. 13:34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

 

1 Kings 14

Jeroboam inquires of God for his ill son Abijah.  Jeroboam KNEW better than to apostatize, but he did so and led the people to do so, for fear of losing his following of men.  How many elders today preach things they know are false to receive their pay and maintain their following?

1 Kings 14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. 14:2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people. 14:3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.

She did as she was told for doubtless she was concerned for her son.  Ahijah was blind, but God revealed the truth to him and told him what to say to her.

14:4 And Jeroboam’s wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. 14:5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

Ahijah tells her that her son will die because of the sins of the house of Jeroboam the king. In effect God said to Jeroboam: Because you will not listen to me, I will not listen to you or grant your request.

The same thing is true in today’s spiritual Ekklesia:  It is because we are apostate from any zeal to live by every Word of God that we have so many divisions and trials, and our sicknesses are rarely healed.  Healing is a sign of the people of God, which is given to those who please God!

1 John 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  

Mark 16:15   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

1 Kings 14:6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.

God’s indictment of Jeroboam; and of us:  We were called out of an evil world to teach humanity to be zealous to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4, 28:18-20), just as Jeroboam was called to be a king in the place of the family of David. 

We like Jeroboam have gone astray and served the idols of our own devising; and we shall surely be rejected just as Jeroboam was rejected; unless we repent most sincerely and most quickly.

14:7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel, 14:8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;

Today many of us have cast all zeal to keep the whole Word of God, behind our backs in order to be faithful to and exalt our idols of men and false traditions like Jeroboam did.  Therefore if we do not quickly and sincerely repent; we will be cut off from becoming kings and priests, as the house of Jeroboam was cut off.

14:9 But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back: 14:10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone. 14:11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD hath spoken it.

In this case the ill child was at least partly faithful to God and yet he was allowed to die because of the sins of his father.  How many of our largely innocent children will die horribly in tribulation because of the idolatry and sins of their parents?

14:12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die. 14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

The Eternal promises to raise up a king in Israel who will destroy the house of Jeroboam.

14:14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now.

The Eternal also begins to prophesy that he will remove Israel from the land for all their wickedness.  God did not leave these people without many warnings.

14:15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river [Euphrates], because they have made their groves [idols], provoking the LORD to anger.

God knew that the sins of Jeroboam had already become deeply embedded in the Ten Tribes of Israel and that the people would not keep his Word: Therefore already in the days of Jeroboam, Israel was judged to be a rebellious people who would eventually be removed from off the land. 

As Moses said, possession of the land was totally CONDITIONAL on the peoples absolute obedience to God and his Word. 

Even so, our calling is totally CONDITIONAL on our zealous faithfulness to live by every Word of God; we do NOT have it made by following false elders who teach contrary to the Word of God!

14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

Jeroboam’s wife returned home and the prophet’s word from God was fulfilled.

14:17 And Jeroboam’s wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died; 14:18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.

14:19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 14:20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.

The Kingdom of Judah and the Deeds of Rehoboam

14:21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

14:22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

In spite of God splitting the nation and rending Israel from Judah, Judah also continued in wickedness. 

This sounds like today’s Ekklesia; split after split and we still insist on each one going his own ways instead of all being united in zeal to live by every Word of God.  Like Judah we also follow our idols of men and false traditions.

14:23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

14:24 And there were also sodomites [homosexuality was tolerated which is a type of today’s Ekklesia tolerating spiritual disloyalty to God and following men and not God ] in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

The treasures of the temple were taken to Egypt by Pharaoh Shishak. 

Did this include the Ark,  removed long before the Babylonians took the city? 

14:25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem: 14:26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

14:27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house. 14:28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.

After God sent his prophet to tell the people that this division was from him, they went home; however they had continual outbreaks of conflict from then on.

14:29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 14:30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

14:31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

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