1 Kings Chapter 13 Discussion

  • Dan Tupper on 1 Kings 13 - 1 year ago
    Was the man of God killed by the lion Josiah? If so, why did king Jeroboam trick (lie) him into coming to his house to eat bread and drink water? Did it have something to do with the king's sinful alter practices? I feel the man killed by the lion made it to heaven.
  • Timothy B Blaco - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 1 year ago
    Looks like immediate judgment against someone who would do the man of God harm in verse 5
  • Commentary on 1 Kings 13:1-5 - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 1 year ago
    Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

    2-9. he cried against the altar-which is put for the whole system of worship organized in Israel.

    Behold, a child shall be born Josiah by name-This is one of the most remarkable prophecies recorded in the Scriptures; and, in its clearness, circumstantial minuteness, and exact prediction of an event that took place three hundred sixty years later, it stands in striking contrast to the obscure and ambiguous oracles of the heathen. Being publicly uttered, it must have been well known to the people; and every Jew who lived at the accomplishment of the event must have been convinced of the truth of a religion connected with such a prophecy as this. A present sign was given of the remote event predicted, in a visible fissure being miraculously made on the altar. Incensed at the man's license of speech, Jeroboam stretched out his hand and ordered his attendants to seize the bold intruder. That moment the king's arm became stiff and motionless, and the altar split asunder, so that the fire and ashes fell on the floor. Overawed by the effects of his impiety, Jeroboam besought the prophet's prayer. His request was acceded to, and the hand was restored to its healthy state. Jeroboam was artful, and invited the prophet to the royal table, not to do him honor or show his gratitude for the restoration of his hand, but to win, by his courtesy and liberal hospitality, a person whom he could not crush by his power. But the prophet informed him of a divine injunction expressly prohibiting him from all social intercourse with any in the place, as well as from returning the same way. The prohibition not to eat or drink in Beth-el was because all the people had become apostates from the true religion, and the reason he was not allowed to return the same way was lest he should be recognized by any whom he had seen in going.
  • Suze - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 1 year ago
    Hi Hanna , went you get into the 2nd book of the King's you will be introduced to Josiah in Ch 22 of 2nd Kings . As you read about him you will read that he fulfills the prophecy of 1st Kings in 2nd Kings Ch 23 . Enjoy , much love in Christ .
  • Hanna on 1 Kings 13 - 1 year ago
    I dont understand whats happening in verses 1-5, is there someone who could explain?
  • Mishael - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 2 years ago
    You can type your scripture on Google to see many commentaries on the same verse. Interesting. I like the BibleHub website.

    Just type it like this:

    1 Corinthians 13:1, commentary

    Or, meaning, Or, History, Or Teaching

    Learning the whole picture of a scripture is so interesting! There are dozens of different commentators. You'll figure out which ones you like best.

    Tip: as a rule I don't read Wikipedia posts. It's a Google comment on Bible and I'd rather know which Bible is being used.
  • We are the Light of Jesus to the world on our street - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 2 years ago
    When we get to the place where we live our faith in full view of everybody, that's a good place to be. Jesus is loving and kind. I ask people is there anything you would like to ask Jesus for?

    Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint you to be a better student and to help you to study. It will happen.

    Tell others of the things in Matthew 24 and Luke 21; and scriptures that make you happy. Book of Proverbs. Stay away from angry faces or bad language.

    I was a street minister 35 years and counting. Sometimes I just smile and say: is there anything you would like to ask Jesus about, today? They will smile and walk away, or they might ask for a short prayer.

    I'm 70 and I never get tired of touching a life for Jesus. Even if all I can give is a smile__that touches my eyes.

  • Michael on 1 Kings 13 - 2 years ago
    Reading this chapter as best I could I took notes. Then I read Matthew Henry's (MH) commentary and my eyes were opened.

    I too, among other things, wondered about why the old prophet was not punished.

    MH answer to my heart as I understand it:

    1. Worry about yourself when you have disobeyed you Lord. You are likely, nor should you concern yourself as to why or how the good Lord punishes sinners.

    2. Focus in on your sin alone and dont use mitigating circumstances, as the current social/legal order may do in current society, as your crutch to try to wash away the seriousness of your offense.

    Praise HIM,

  • Richard in Christ - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    Hello Christina,

    Here are a couple verses for you: Matthew 8:16, Matthew 8:28-32, Matthew 9:32-33, Mark 1:23-26, Mark 1:34,

    Mark 1:39, Mark 5:2-13, Mark 7:25-30, Luke 4:33-36, Luke 4:41, Luke 11:14.

    Some may be of the same account just a different book.

    God Bless.
  • Christina Smith on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    Where in the Bible does Jesus perform an exorcism
  • Richard in Christ on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    2 Corinthians 4:3-7 But if the gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

    In whom the god(devil) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

    For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
  • Eric Lopez on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    Why was not the old prophet who lied punished? Maybe in the next readings?
  • Cynthia Nettles - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    It surely does help me, Sir. I understand and am so thankful for your assistance. Your comments are so well appreciated.

  • SkipVought - In Reply on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    Greetings, Cynthia, on the The Lord's Day, the first day of the week, the day of Jesus' Resurrection!

    The Old Testament is filled with accounts that do indeed seem strange to many. It's important to determine the type of writing that you are reading. There are historical accounts, poetry, instructions, census, genealogy etc. This appears to be history. Jeroboam was the first king of Israel after Solomon when the kingdom was split 10 to the north called Israel and 2 to the south called Judah. He was a bad king.

    A prophet of God was sent to Bethel where an altar to false gods had been erected by Jeroboam and you can read the account in 1 Kings 13:1-24. In this account, the prophet tells the king that he was instructed by God to not eat, drink or return by the same route, and he proceeds to do just that.

    However an evil prophet hears about the incident, accosts the prophet of God and persuades him to have dinner with him, by lying to him. 1 Kings 13:18. The prophet of God believed this evil prophet and they had dinner together. Then the evil prophet actually speaks a prophecy from God. 1 Kings 13:21-22. The prophet of God leaves, very likely frightened to death, and just as was prophesied, dies before he reaches home and was buried somewhere other than with his family.

    God expected His prophets to 1) speak His words exactly and 2) do exactly as He commanded them to do. Not to believe and do so is dangerous. It is His prerogative to punish or reward. He does all thing with righteousness and justice. Don't mess with God. Too often we treat God and His Word glibly. We ought to be more sober-minded and God-honoring.

    Hope this helps.
  • Cynthia nettles on 1 Kings 13 - 3 years ago
    what is the purpose of these verses in the scripture: 1Kings 13-24. what is the message one is suppose to learn from this event...godly and un-godly men of God? One Godly man was killed, it appears to me as an unjustly act but I am sure there is a truth buried here that I fail to understand. Please explain.
  • Chris - In Reply on 1 Kings 13:2 - 4 years ago
    In that account you're reading, we see King Jeroboam (a bad king of Israel) had been sacrificing to idols on the altar. Then the man of God (a prophet) came to him & prophesied against that filthy altar that one day, Josiah (a good king of Judah) would desecrate those altars & indeed put the wicked priests themselves upon the altars to be burned. You can then read the rest of that encounter between Jeroboam & the prophet in that chapter, & indeed the folly of that prophet later in his disobedience to God that brought about his death. So the ashes in v 3, are not necessarily symbolic, but just signifying the death of those wicked priests, that both the ashes & the altars will be removed completely.
  • Orobiyi Isaiah on 1 Kings 13:2 - 4 years ago
    The ashes on the altar symbolize what? 2 who are the high priests that would be offer on the altar?
  • Lm on 1 Kings 13 - 5 years ago
    disobeying God is not a small thing!! It could cost you your life. It started in garden of Eden with eve
  • Jemima on 1 Kings 13 - 5 years ago
    the prophet was tempted
  • Joy Olubunmi Oluwaseyi on 1 Kings 13 - 7 years ago
    Now let us say God told you to go to a foreign country but you drank the king's wine and ate the king's food that means you have forgotten what God told you do so that is why we must watch out for the devil's purpose for our life.
    1st Corinthians 10 vs 12 says Let he who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls. This is the reasons why we should take heed of the devil's purpose. Thank you.
  • Irene123 on 1 Kings 13 - 7 years ago
    The church I attend - the pastor never teaches anything outside God's word. I know the word of God and everything our pastor teaches is dead on God's word. I take down all the scriptures he gives and look them up from time to time, but not to corroborate his message; I know God's word already. But no, I am not an expert on it; far far from it.
  • Joy Olubunmi Oluwaseyi on 1 Kings 13 - 7 years ago
    God is expecting us to do his will, not our will.
  • Sue M. on 1 Kings 13 - 7 years ago
    Now, check this out...so here's this prophet...an old prophet. And he LIES to the righteous prophet, tempting him to believe him (the other prophet) above the Lord. In some religions, it is taught that your pastor has veto power over anything that you think God has told you. Think about this passage the next time you are tempted to trust spiritual leadership over God's word to you.
  • Shearon Epps on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    God wants us to listen to Him above man. God sent instructions to His prophet and if they changed, the prophet should have listen for God to come back to Him. With so many different versions and opinions out today, the Bible is designed to lead us to listening to God. Jesus came to give each of us that personal access and we need to use the Old and New Testament to learn how to listen to God.
  • MICHAEL IFIELD on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
  • Glynda on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    When reading this passage, I was reminded that we must be careful lest, after testifying of God's Word, we ourselves become castaways.
  • Steve on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    The old prophet may not have gotten a word from the Lord in a long time and had gotten jealous when the younger prophet produced such a marvelous sign. At any rate, God's scales of justice work perfectly, and we can rest assured that the old prophet was punished for his lie either in this life or the next.
  • Anne on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    God's way is not our way neither are his thoughts our thoughts (Is. 55:8)
  • Elder on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    God identifies the point that Jesus made as recorded by the apostle Luke in chapter 6 saying, how God is kind to the unthankful and the evil." Paul in Romans nine quoted God from Deuteronomy between chapters 6 and eight wherein God stated he will have mercy on whom He will. Jesus moreover said, "to whom much is given much is required." Could this be why God restored the wicked king's hand but slew the disobedient prophet ?!
  • A.dean on 1 Kings 13 - 8 years ago
    more precious than gold,money can not buy it,a Word from GOD.Your spirit will let you known if it is from God.You are always be tested after being a vessel used by God. Jesus was tested many times after doing the will of the father.Paul also was tested by messengers of satan,thrones in the flesh after having an experience with God.

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