Jeroboam & Half God’s Will

Handwritten page from the first book of Kings chapter 13 verses 25 through 33.
1Kings 13:25-33

Synopsis     1Kings 13:25-33     5/10/2019 

The old prophet had tricked the prophet from Judah. He convinced him to eat on his journey even though God had specifically commanded him to refrain. And then, after he tricked him into eating, he prophesied against the Judahite prophet.

So, when the prophet began his return, he was attacked and killed by a lion. But the lion did not eat the prophet’s body and it did not attack the donkey on which he had been riding. So, the old prophet came and retrieved the body. And he buried the prophet in his own tomb. 

He told his sons to bury his bones with the prophet from Judah – the greatest honor the old prophet could have bestowed. And he mourned the prophet’s death. Yet, despite all of these happenings, Jeroboam continued to worship inappropriately. And he even expanded the priesthood of common people. 

Jeroboam & Half God’s Will 

Hearing from God is a big deal. And receiving a mandate to act comes with a certain responsibility. 

Before he was king, Jeroboam received a clear prophecy. According to the prophet, he was to rule the northern tribes of Israel. But his mandate from God was the result of King Solomon’s apostasy. Jeroboam should have known that founding his own religion wasn’t part of God’s plan.

When the Judahite prophet came to Jeroboam, he condemned the false altar. And this prophetic condemnation eventually came to pass. But in a strangely similar way as Jeroboam, the prophet later persuaded himself that following the whole prophecy wasn’t necessary. 

This is how the old prophet was able to distract and confuse him. And, in the end, doing only half of God’s will led to his ruin. 

Half God’s Will 

I am saved by faith, not by works. So, in the same way the Judahite prophet did not lose the honor of being a prophet, I won’t be condemned if I cling to God’s promise. 

But still, something is lost when I compromise and fail to do all that God has asked.  

For the great challenge of compromise is that comes unnoticed. It’s an argument in my head that seems entirely plausible – maybe even obvious. And yet, it leaves behind a confused testimony and my life-purpose half-done. 

“If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” 1John 4:20 

May 13, 2019

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