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“When we are in need, may we experience the Lord’s healing touch.” <>< Dona (05/15/20)

Please read I Kings 13 through 14.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In I Kings 13:1-32 A prophet delivered a message to King Jeroboam.  His message upset the king.  The king stretched out his hand and instructed that the prophet be seized.  The king’s hand shriveled up.  The prophet prayed for the king’s hand to be restored to normal and it was.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, through prayer King Jeroboam was healed.

Something to think about

The king wanted to reward the prophet for what he had done and invited him to have something to eat and to receive a gift.  The prophet refused to eat because God had given him strict orders to not eat or drink anything while on this mission. Later though while returning home (still part of his mission) he was invited to eat with another person who said God had told him to invite the prophet to eat with him.  But that person was lying (see verse 18).   After the prophet ate he continued on his journey home but was attacked by a lion and died.

Something to experience

The prophet died because he listened to a man who claimed to have a message from God.  The prophet had already received God’s message and should have known that God had not changed His mind.  The prophet should have trusted what God had told him rather than what someone claimed was true.  We should trust what God’s Word says rather than what someone claims is true.  We should disregard what others claim to be God’s message if their words go against the Bible. 

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In I Kings 13:33-34 Jeroboam appointed priests who were not from the tribe of Levi.  Under penalty of death, God had forbidden anyone to be a priest that was not from the Levi tribe (see Numbers 3:10). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the priests Jeroboam appointed were under a death sentence.

Something to think about

Though Levites were taken care of by tithes this group of priests appointed by Jeroboam were not. They had to mix priestly and secular duties.  So they were easily corrupted by bribes. Jeroboam’s disobedience in appointing them was the downfall of true religion in the northern kingdom. 

Something to experience

We too need to be careful that our obedience to God is not influenced by the world around us. Don’t let unbelievers convince you to do or say anything that is against the Word of God.

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In I Kings 14:22-28 Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Then in the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign the temple and the palace were ransacked by foreign invaders. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, how quickly the people moved away from serving You.

Something to think about

The glory, power and money quickly disappeared from Judah.   The people lost everything.  They were lacking in both spiritual and monetary wealth.

Something to experience

When God is gone from our lives, everything becomes of no value.

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Prayer

Lord help us to trust Your Word above anyone else’s words (Philippians 4:8 AMP). Lord help us to faithfully follow You (John 12:26 AMP).  Lord I pray we will value our relationship with You above everything else in our life (Psalm 57:5 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May we value our relationship with the Lord above everything else in our life.” <>< Dona