First Command, Last Command
Read 1 Kings Chapter 13
1Ki 13:8 But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. 9 For I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’ ” 10 So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel. 11 Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. 12 Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken.
1Ki 13:13 So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it 14 and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “I am,” he replied. 15 So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.” 16The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 I have been told by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’ ” 18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.
There is a great lesson for us in this chapter. There was a prophet who heard a word from God. He was given the task of relaying a dire prophecy to King Jeroboam. God also instructed the man of God to refrain from eating or drinking anything while on the mission, and not to return by the way he came. The prophet fully understood his instructions from the Lord. He obeyed God’s commands. When King Jeroboam asked him to stay a while and eat with him, the prophet refused.
As the man returned, using a different route as commanded, he was overtaken by another prophet who convinced him that God had given him a different instruction. Unfortunately, the prophet who had received the real word of God believed the false prophet, thereby disobeying God. The results were not good. The true prophet suffered a real disastrous end to his life. Ironically, word concerning the disastrous ending to his life was given by God to the second prophet, and his prophecy came true quickly, as the man of God was on his way back home.
1Ki 13:21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. 22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your fathers.’ ” 23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. 24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was thrown down on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.
We have been given a true word from God about homosexuality. Both the New and Old Testaments contain dire warnings against living a life of rebellion in opposition to that truth. Just as the first prophet heard a different “truth” from the second prophet, we are hearing a different truth from many “prophets” today. When our Lord gives a clear, concise instruction to His children, it can be written down in stone, or ink, or whatever method conjures up a picture of finality within our minds. God does not change His mind about sinfulness. Yes, there are a few different instructions in the NT which override some of the OT instructions. But in the case of the sinfulness of homosexual behaviors, the NT confirms what is written in the OT.
We cannot afford to turn back against what we know is true. No matter how often we hear a different word from church leaders today, we must turn a deaf ear to that message. We must remain true to the words we first heard, because they are written indelibly in God’s word.
Prayer: Lord, we hear You. We have wanted desperately to believe what we have heard in the last two decades. Help us to remain true to Your word, and ignore what our modern churches are teaching in our time.