1 Kings 13
Apostate King and Confusing Messengers
King Jeroboam led the northern Kingdom of Israel away from the house of David and away from God. The prophet Ahijah encouraged Jeroboam to rebel again the House of David because of the failures of Solomon. However Jeroboam set up centres of worship that lead the people away from God.
An unnamed prophet from Judah carried a word of judgement to the King for establishing alternate centres of worship, one at Bethel and the other at Dan (Laish). The prophet himself suffered judgement at the hands of a fellow prophet, who, by saying he had a word from the Lord, led his brother prophet into disobedience.
What can we learn from all this?
From Jeroboam’s situation we might draw the lesson that wherever God appoints us to serve him we are in that situation to serve him and not or own best interests. It appears that Jeroboam was afraid the people would turn back to the house of David if they kept returning to Jerusalem (the place appointed for worship) for the great Festivals.
From the engagement of the two prophets perhaps we are to heed the words of 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
John 8:31- 59
Who Jesus was and is
Of all the revealing and instructive things laid bare in this reading about the people among whom Jesus ministered and of the character and operation of the Evil One, there is one statement of profound significance: “before Abraham was born, I am”. It links with John 1:1-5, 14:9, and 20:30-31 to indicate who Jesus was and is, God revealed in flesh.