What God has said is forever established and we must all obey it. Obedience to God’s word offers protection and leads to blessings.
A long time ago after the death of King Solomon, Rehoboam ruled the tribe of Judah which included the tribe of Benjamin and Jeroboam became the king of the rest of the ten tribes of Israel. Jeroboam thought it was not a good idea to let the people offer sacrifices in Jerusalem because he did not want anyone to influence people against him in Judah at the time they would be offering their sacrifices. This is the reason why he decided to build a place people could use to offer sacrifices in Bethel.
In the process of time, a young prophet came from Judah and prophesied at the altar in Bethel. This is the altar that Jeroboam made together with idols that were shaped like calves. This displeased The Lord and that is why the young prophet was sent to Bethel to prophesy against the altar. When the young prophet arrived in Bethel, Jeroboam was burning incense at the altar and this young prophet prophesied against the altar and it broke apart. Jeroboam wanted to stop the young prophet and in the process the king’s hand withered. In I kings 13:4 the Bible says, “And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth–el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him” (KJV).The king asked for prayer, the young prophet prayed for him and his hand was restored.
The king was impressed therefore he invited the young prophet to stay for refreshments and some provisions. The young prophet refused because the Lord had instructed him not to stay over for refreshments. In 1 Kings 13: 9 the young prophet says, “For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest” (KJV). The prophetic word that the young prophet prophesied was a rebuke to the king who was trapped in manipulation to try to win people to himself. Jeroboam tried to control circumstances for the sake of gaining control over the people. This is the reason why he chose himself priests for the high places who offered sacrifices at the time of the month he devised in his own heart.
Priests were supposed to be descendants of Aaron, but for Jeroboam this order of priests was not important. The King was not even supposed to offer incense at the altar, but king Jeroboam did it. This was wrong, but he was trapped. His desire for the kingdom led him to this and he had no idea about how to get out of it. He was trapped.
A Leader should always be aware that it is possible to mislead people because of the desire to hold on to power. Watch out for this kind of deception. Know what the word of God says, obey it and people you lead will be blessed.
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