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Weedon

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1 Kings 13
« on: May 04, 2021, 02:50:36 PM »
Beyond shadow of doubt, among the many odd accounts in the Bible 1 Kings 13 ranks right up there with the oddest.

Is the point that the prophet didn't listen to conscience but bent to peer pressure?

Is the point that people who sometimes appear friendly to you don't have your best interests at heart?

Is the point that C.S. Lewis needed a good story to base Aslan on?

A friend suggested that the point is ultimately 1 John 4:1-6, and with that “The wrath of God comes on those who disobey the word of God. Thus the death. But the word of God also protects those who are his. Thus his burial as the man of God and the Lion not eating him.” I like that.

But is there more? Any thoughts on this most peculiar account?

P.S. And how typical that the narrative doesn’t get into a single “why” of any of the actions. Why did the prophet lie? Did he later regret it? Why did the Man of God trust the word of this northern prophet over the word that had sent him there and been confirmed with miraculous signs? Why did the prophet go back to gather up his body and request to be buried in his grave?
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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 03:03:45 PM »
It begs the question of how the man of God knew what God commanded in the first place if he were so willing to have it contradicted by someone claiming to be a prophet.
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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 03:09:12 PM »
It did occur to me that maybe he was sitting under that tree along the roadside because he was hungry and thirsty and kind of tuckered. He knew he had been told not to eat and drink, so he hadn’t, but when the guy comes along and lies to him and invites him to satisfy his needs, well, the temptation to believe that God wouldn’t really want him to go on hungry and thirsty and tired was too enticing. In which case, we might have the idea that we must beware of false prophets who twist or distort or contradict the word of God when we ourselves want or desire something forbidden and they say: “It’s okay, go for it!”??

Also, tree gets one thinking. There once was a man who wouldn’t come down from a tree in order to satisfy his own needs (save yourself!) but instead chose to abide there that He might save us.
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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 03:33:24 PM »
Well, there are all kinds of resonances.  The lie of the Bethel prophet -"An Angel told me" - seems to find fulfillment in Paul's "even if an angel from heaven should preach a different gospel (Gal 1:8)."

It would seem to be a picture of foes outside and inside.  Foes outside, like Jeroboam, are easily seen.  And given a word from God and courage are easily stood up to.  Foes inside, like the prophet, are much harder to see and human tradition - like hospitality - isn't always the best guide.  The Judean prophet had to be mean, refusing hospitality, to follow the word of God.  He chose to be nice and so betrayed the Word. And so the question to the prophet is who do you want to mourn you?  Do you want your own who follow the word, or do you want the prophets of niceness/Jeroboam as mourners?  And I say inside for the prophets of Jeroboam here because he knew the truth, it would all happen as the Judean prophet said, but he lacked the courage to proclaim. 

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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 04:17:12 PM »
Mark,

That’s good. Thanks!

Weedon

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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 05:14:17 PM »
It also occurs that there’s sort of a photographic negative of 2 John 10, 11 going on.

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Re: 1 Kings 13
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2021, 08:02:48 AM »
Here's an Israelite proverb:

"Mockery and abuse issue from the one who is proud, but vengeance lies in wait for him like a lion." Ecclesiasticus 27:28
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