In the previous passage about Jeroboam, we see him believing himself to be special in a way that supersedes the word of God. Here we see how rampant that corruption was. Not only had the politicians become corrupt in using the name of God, but so had the religious leaders. At first it seems that the old prophet is simply excited about how God is moving against Jeroboam and his idolatry. But then he chooses to lie to the Man of God. It is clear that he did this without malice as he seeks to bury him with respect and is sad at losing a spiritual brother. Yet the fact remains that he willfully deceived him. The old prophet wanted so badly to be a part of God’s plan that he became u witting foil to it. This is not surprising considering that he did so at a time when the kingdom needed his prophecy and yet he didn’t seem to be giving it. More than likely, he only wanted the power of the Man of God to be associated with him. No one was following God’s commands. The Man of God didn’t adhere to what truth he had been given by God. This placed him in line for immediate judgement next to Jeroboam. Let it be a lesson for us. We must be careful to always hold God’s word holy. When we forget to do this. Even if deceived, this always ends in tragedy.
1 KINGS 13:25-34
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