May 5. God Demands Obedience

I Kin. 13:11-32

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. An old prophet in Bethel was informed of Jeroboam’s visit from a young prophet. Being impressed by that event, he fabricated a lie that God had sent instructions for the younger prophet to dine with him in his house. The younger prophet believed the lie and went with the old prophet.

Man is confronted by many temptations and pitfalls. Perhaps the most serious of those is the perception that if a “religious” person teaches a concept, it is true. There are many false teachers in our world today who either by ignorance or by deliberate deception are leading honest souls into destruction. While at the table, God spoke through the old prophet that because of disobedience, his guest’s “corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.”

As the younger man was returning home, he was killed by a lion. Apparently, the old prophet was remorseful of his deception and the death of the younger prophet. He buried him in his own tomb and instructed his sons to bury him at his death beside the younger prophet. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I Jn. 4:1)