This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
A prophet was sent north to confront King Jeroboam about the idolatry of the northern kingdom. The prophet was told by God to give the message, come straight home, and not stop for any reason.
When the prophet reached King Jeroboam, the message was delivered, and even accompanied by some miraculous signs. The King was indeed impressed and asked the prophet to stay, but being true to God’s command, the prophet refused. On the way home, the prophet was met by an older prophet from the northern kingdom. This man too asked the younger prophet to stay, and once again the younger prophet refused. That’s when the older prophet decided to lie. 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’” (1Kings 13:18). The younger prophet followed the older one home, had dinner, but because he had disobeyed God’s direct order, he was met by a lion on his way home and died.
Beloved, there are people who are out to deceive you. The most pernicious of these lies come from those claiming to speak for God. You and I are accountable to God to listen to the truth, and not the lie. How do I know who is lying? Keep your nose in the book that tells you the truth. Keep reading your Bible and doing what it says.