Obedience to God’s Word – Part 3

In 1 Kings 13: 18 the old prophet said, “… I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him” (KJV). The young prophet was lied unto and he fell in to a trap. Lies are a way to the traps of life. Many people have ended up living troubled lives because they have kept lying to just keep covering up the first lie.

Can a prophet lie? Yes a prophet can lie although he is not supposed to lie. Lying is a sin and it leads to death. Anyone who lies must ask God for forgiveness otherwise he would face the consequences of that sin. Jeremiah the prophet confronted prophets who prophesied lies in his time.

The old prophet lied to the young prophet too. This is the reason why in Israel any prophet who prophesied anything that did not come to pass was stoned to death. What is intriguing in this account is that when the old prophet was at the table with the young prophet, he prophesied even after he had lied to the young prophet. In 1 kings 13: 20 we are told, “And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back” (KJV). The old prophet prophesied against the young prophet for disobeying the word of The Lord and the young prophet finally got killed by a lion on his way back. Well, this is nothing strange because in Romans 6:23 the Bible says,”…the wages of sin is death” (KJV). This means the end result of sin is death.

What can we learn from the account of the young prophet? Well, we can learn that obedience to God is the best option in life. Disobedience leads to death and obedience to God leads to life. That is why we all have to be discerning concerning what is claimed to be a prophetic word. We always have to question things that do not line up with the written Scripture.

God will first alert you of anything important and by the time you hear it from someone else, it will be a word to confirm what you already know. In Acts chapter ten, God revealed to Peter in a vision that he needed to reach out to the Gentiles by giving him a vision while at the same time he was speaking to a centurion by the name of Cornelius. In Acts 10: 5 the Bible in regard to what the Angel spoke to Cornelius says, “And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter” (KJV).  God spoke to both Peter and Cornelius. He will speak to you before someone else can give you a prophetic word. Remember that God always confirms his word.