1kings 13:16 -17, “16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’
In this story, we are told of a man of God who was sent to bring a message to wicked king Jeroboam. His message showed he was a prophet. Rather than the bible call him a prophet, the bible called him a man of God. I believe this was done deliberately because there were prophets in the land both true and false as you will see, and God wanted us to learn the difference. We are not told of who he was rather whose he was.
His message was simple, God will raise a child by the name of Josiah to take over, and a sign to indicate he was a true prophet sent by God, the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out. To even attest that this was prophet, when king Jeroboam ordered for him to be arrested, his hand became withered and had to ask for the man of God to entreat the Lord on his behalf that his hands would be restored. And to this he believed that he was sent of God. The prophets of the day received rewards for their services (miracles), it was accustom for people to give rewards because the Lord allowed it. So what does king Jeroboam do, he does the same, vs. 8-9, “8 But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. 9 For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’” Mission accomplished. He made good choice, he listened to the Lord to bring the message and also he let go what was proper for a prophet to receive, the word of God commanded him to.
Vs. ”10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel”. As he journeyed back, there met him an old prophet who sent for him. And the old prophet asked him to come with him and eat bread. Again you see him choose to obey the Lord, he answered vs. 16-17, “16 I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.”
Here is where things fell apart when the man of God met this other prophet, vs. 18, “He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.)” 19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water”. He listened to him when the old prophet added a twist to his message, “I am a prophet too and I speak for the Lord”
This is one of the things plaguing our churches, many choose not to receive from the king, they also choose not to listen to another man until like this man who declared himself a prophet claiming to be speaking for the Lord that many believe him/her. He went in and sat down in his house and ate bread and drank water choosing to disobey God. Many believers have chosen to sit, eat and drink with that old false lying prophet, listening to another voice. While all looks good, it’s a trap, a tragedy waiting to happen.
The good prophet’s weakness, in suffering himself to be thus imposed upon, he that had resolution enough to refuse the invitation of the king, who promised him a reward, but could not resist the insinuations of one that pretended to be a prophet. Choose this day whose voice you will listen to, the voice of God through His word, or the voice of the old lying prophet who claims to speak for the Lord. What is false will repackage itself in a way that is appealing. You may have said no once or a few times, however remember the old lying prophet does not give up easy and we have enough of them in the evangelical circles. To finish. Blessings Ev