Lies and Lions!

1 Kings 13-15

There was a lot going on in these passages I read yesterday. There was a prophet who died for his disobedience and there’s God’s judgment on Jeroboam. Then there are some details about Rehoboam’s rule of Judah and we have a brief look at Abijam and Asa who rule Judah and a brief look at the rulers of Israel: Nadab & Baasha.

The story I want to concentrate on is the one about the prophet who died for being disobedient to God. The long and short of it was that this prophet, once he’d given God’s message to Jeroboam was given strict instructions not to eat or drink in that place and not to return home on the same road. The prophet refused food when offered by the King. However, when the prophet was leaving, he was stopped by an older prophet and agreed to have food with him. The older prophet lied and said that God had told them to eat together.

The older prophet then foretold that the prophet who had disobeyed God would die and shortly after was killed by a lion:

After finishing the meal, the old man saddled the prophet’s donkey and the donkey started off again. But as he was travelling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. (1 Kings 13:23-24)

Lions were well known in Old Testament times and common enough to be a threat to both people and their flocks; there are examples in the bible:

Samson (Judges 14:5, 6)

David (1 Samuel 17:34-37)

Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:20)

These men all faced lions.

This story really shows the importance of listening to God and not to men.


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