Read 1 Kings 13 – Drama unfolds –
King Jeroboam of the 10 northern tribes, receives unfavorable news from a prophet. His solution is to point at the prophet, shouting, “Seize that man!” The Lord instantly caused his hand to be paralyzed in the pointing position. He could not pull it back, as the altar cracked and ashes spewed out… just as the prophet declared (13:1-5). Jeroboam pleads for his hand, the prophet prays, and the Lord restores it.
Jeroboam wants to give the prophet a gift and a nice meal, but the prophet was instructed by the Lord not eat or drink anything in Israel.
On his way back to Judah, an older prophet meets him and offers him food and drink. The old prophet assures the young prophet that an angel of the Lord told him to do this – BUT HE WAS LYING!!! (13:18) A lying prophet – lying to another prophet – what terrible times…
We will face terrible times, it will be hard to know who to trust. That is why we must each train ourselves to discern the Lords voice, reading the bible as we are, being rooted in church, and praying without ceasing… dig deeper with John 3:16, John 14:6, Ephesians 6:10-18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22.