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Monday, May 26 2014
1 Kings 13: The Prophet From Judah To Israel
"There came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel"
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) divided the united kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" as a punishment for King Solomon's idolatry (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?; also When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).
The northern kingdom of "Israel," under its first king, Jeroboam (see Jeroboam Of Israel and Kings of Israel and Judah), quickly became just as idol-infested, so the LORD sent a prophet across the border from Judah to Israel to warn Jeroboam (the reason that the LORD didn't send a prophet from Israel itself becomes obvious, as we will read). When Jeroboam arrogantly attempted to seize the LORD's prophet, "His hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD." For the time being, a humbled Jeroboam relented in his idolatry.
"13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee. 13:3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
The prophet from Judah then departed from Bethel to return to his own country, as instructed by the LORD, but another "old prophet" of Israel, who lived right in Bethel, had his sons retrieve the prophet of the LORD with an offer of hospitality. The LORD had commanded the prophet of Judah, "Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest," but the "prophet" in Bethel lied ("But he lied unto him") with the claim "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." The deceived prophet from Judah then disobeyed the LORD's command and returned to the house of the liar prophet of Israel in Bethel.
"13:11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. 13:12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. 13:13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, 13:14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah?
After disregarding the LORD's command and warning "Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers," the deceived prophet from Judah departed again from Bethel. When his body was found by the "prophet" who lied to and deceived him, he made the hypocritical statement, "It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him."
"13:20 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: 13:21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 13:22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.
With the prophet from Judah who warned him then dead (the "prophets" in Israel obviously said and did nothing), "Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places." The entire incident was a stark demonstration of how the northern kingdom of Israel was corrupt, religiously (see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?) and politically, right from the beginning of their independent kingdom.
"13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. 13:34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth." (1 Kings 13:33-34 KJV)
This Day In History, May 26
47 BC: Julius Caesar was welcomed at Tarsus (a city in southern Turkey that was the birthplace of the apostle Paul; see also Paul The Roman Citizen) while on his journey to Pontus. There he met more supporters, although among them were some of those who would eventually assassinate him (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
17: The Roman general Germanicus made his triumphant return to Rome after victories over some of the German tribes (that wasn't always the case; see Hermann).
735: The English historian and monk known as the Venerable Bede died.
946: King Edmund I of England was assassinated by Leofa, an exiled thief.
1135: Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile was crowned the Imperator Totius Hispaniae ("Emperor of all of Spain").
1232: Pope Gregory IX sent the first Inquisition "investigators" to Aragon in Spain.
1293: An earthquake in Japan killed about 30,000 people.
1328: William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
1521: The Edict of Worms (i.e. Worms is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany) banned Martin Luther following his Papal excommunication in April.
1647: Alse Young was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut; she was the first woman to be executed as a witch in the "new world."
1670: A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.
1691: Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary's accession to the throne, was executed for treason.
1805: Napoleon Bonaparte was declared the King of Italy.
1879: Britain and Russia signed the Treaty of Gandamak; it established Afghanistan as an "independent" state (Russia invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s, Britain took part in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001).
1896: The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the 10-day evacuation of Dunkirk began. It saved 300,000 allied soldiers from the German advance.
1970: The Russian Tupolev Tu-144 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).
1983: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Japan; a tsunami followed, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands.
1986: The European Community adopted the European flag (gold stars on a blue background).
2004: U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty for his part of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 161 people (it was the deadliest act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks in New York and Washington).