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August 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 13 (ESV)

And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. And the man cried against the altar by the word of the Lord and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the Lord has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. ....Continue Reading

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  1. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, 9for so was it commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.'” 10So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel.

    Sad to see the old prophet lying to this prophet. What was the purpose of it? Just jealous ?

    1. Hi, Mel – The computer isn’t stuck. I have not been able to upload the bible reading yet for today.

      I try to (and often do) upload it before 5am but sometimes I’m delayed.

      It’s published now. Sorry for the inconvenience!


  2. God is faithful to provide warnings when we disobey and He does so here for Jeroboam. Interesting that Josiah is mentioned here. He will be one of the greatest kings of Judah and it is from Judah that this prophet comes from. It is as if there was no one to speak for God in Israel and this older prophet that is in Israel shows his distance from God. First He encourages this man of God from Judah to disobey the directions God has given Him and then he lies about it. And yes the man of God form Judah bears the strictest punishment. It is a reminder that to whom much is given, much is required. And we are held to the measure we know. We can imagine God made His commands very clear to this man of God from Judah. He was willing to defy the king because of it!

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