Background on the Man of God from Judah
One day, a man of God from Judah made a prophesy at King Jeroboam of Israel while he was preparing to make an offering. The man of God prophesied that a child named Josiah will be born into David’s family and sacrifice the human bones and priests who make offerings at the altar. For the sign that this will come to pass in the future, the altar will split and the ashes will fall onto the ground.
When Jeroboam heard this, he became angry and commanded his men to seize him. However, God made Jeroboam’s hand stiff. The altar split into two and the ashes fall onto the ground as the man of God prophesied. Jeroboam asked the man of God to pray for his hands to restore. The man of God prayed and Jeroboam’s hands were restored. Jeroboam then asked the man to come home with him for a meal and he also want to give him a gift. However, the man of God refused beause God instructed him not to eat or drink anything or go home by the same road.
An old prophet was living in Bethel. His son told him that what the young prophet had done and he asked him the road he take. The old prophet rode on his donkey and found the young prophet under an oak tree. He asked the young prophet to come home to have a meal with him. The young prophet replied he can’t because God told him not to eat or drink anything or go back by the same road.
To persuade the young prophet, the old prophet lied by saying he too is a prophet of God and God’s angel told him to bring him him for a meal. Without thinking,the young prophet followed the old prophet back home and ate and drunk with him. During the meal, God spoke to the old prophet. The old prophet prophesied to the young prophet that his body will not be buried in his family tomb because he had disobeyed God by eating and drinking with him.
After the meal, the young prophet started home. During the journey, a lion attacked and killed him. Some people saw the body of the young prophet with the lion standing there and they spread the news to everyone they meet.
When the old prophet heard about it, he rode on his donkey to the place and picked up the body of the young prophet. He buried him in his family tomb and mourned for him. When the old prophet died, he was also buried in the same tomb.
What Can We Learn from the Man of God?
The man of God made a mistake by not confirming with God when the old prophet asked him to go home for a meal. There are many false prophets in the world. Not everyone’s preaching is correct. It is important to become educated with God’s words in the bible so that you know how to discern between the right and wrong gospel.
God always do what he said. He never take back his word. If he say no, he will never change his mind and say yes later. Therefore, we must take God’s words seriously and just do what he said. The bible contains God’s message to his people and all his commandments.
The devil can use any circumstance, people and etc to deceive God’s people. The devil can use a church or Christian to carry out his evil plan if they leave an open doorway for him to come in. Therefore, we must always be alert and not give the devil foothold.
God wants complete obedience. He does not want partial obedience. He wants us to give him 100% obedience. Christians must do their best to keep his commandments.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:1-3 KJV)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:15-20 KJV)
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3 KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9 KJV)