The man of God from Judah. 1 Kings 13
The man of God from Judah
1 Kings 13
For fun, please help me fill in the rest of this sentence. MEN OF GOD ......
What defines a man of God? What makes a man, a man of God?
-Men of God obey God
-Men of God remember WHO it is they are serving- Christ/God
-Men of God go BOLDY no matter how dire or threatening the circumstances
This morning we are going to take a look at 1 Kings 13. In this passage God sends a man only known as
"The man of God" with a prophetic word to the Northern Kingdom of Israel's first King- Jeroboam. What's
most fascinating is that this man is referred to 19 times in a mere 34 verses. 19 times he is called "The
man of God', begging the question "What makes a man, a man of God? What does it mean to be a man of
We could also easily extend this question and ask "What makes a woman, a woman of God? What does it
means to be a woman of God?"
A big point of our text: WE ARE TO ASCRIBE TO BE MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD!
READ TEXT - but first note the context of this man's visit to Jeroboam
The context of the man of God's visit to Jeroboam
-Jeroboam once worked for Solomon
-By the word of the Lord a prophet told Jeroboam that because of Solomon's sin in worshipping other gods
and setting up idols throughout Israel that the Kingdom would be torn away from away from him. To
Jeroboam 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel would be given.
-To Jeroboam an amazing promise is given-- if would serve God faithfully and obediently, a lasting dynasty
would be his
-Things happened just as God said. After Solomon died (in his 50's) his son Rehoboam became king.
Because of Rehoboam's foolishness 10 tribes of Israel rejected his kingship. Those ten tribes set Jeroboam
up as king- between North and South there was much conflict-- Civil War!
-Despite the promise of God, Jeroboam completely rejected God and his ways-- setting up two golden
calves- one in Bethel, one in Dan-- declaring them to be the people's gods. Adding to this insult, he also
made up his own religious holidays and appointed anyone who wanted to be a priest in his new religion.
In what appears to be God giving one last chance to Jeroboam to repent, God sends "A man of God" to
Our text and it's message is built around....
1. The phrase "Man of God" 19x
2. The phrase "The Word of the LORD" 9x
3. Miraculous Signs (at least 3)
Something most fascinating....
Our two key phrases and their emphases fuse around this key application: THE KEY AS REGARDS
BEING A MAN/WOMAN OF GOD IS THIS: WE ARE TO OBEY GOD- WE ARE TO OBEY THE WORD OF
When the man of God set out for Bethel he did not set our seeking to disobey God. His heart was set on
obedience and for the most part, he did-- He delivered the message. He boldly went and confronted an evil
man who kind of wanted to kill him. When later invited by that same king home for a meal, he told the
king that he could not go back for God had forbidden him to stay, eat, or drink or return home by the same
The man of God then sets out for home- in obedience to the LORD-- then things went terribly wrong.
Despite knowing exactly what God's command to him was (twice repeating it in the text) he ended up
listening to a fellow prophet who lied to him about receiving a new word from God. The man of God
listened to his fellow prophet and then went to his death for disobeying the clear, unequivocal word of
Think also about Jeroboam:
Jeroboam could have had it all- the favor of God and a lasting dynasty-- if only he had obeyed. He threw it
all away- thinking his way was the better way.
Obeying God's Word is always going to be a struggle for us-- for our flesh and the Spirit of God are often
at odds-- Theres what we want to do and God wants us to do. We must say yes to God and His word
1 John 5:3 tells us "This is love for God, to obey His commands".
ON THE FLIP SIDE OF OBEYING GOD IS THIS POINT: DISOBEYING GOD/SINNING COMES WITH
For his sin "The man of God" died, got killed
For his sin Jeroboam lost the kingdom, eternal life, and what could have been an amazing place in godly
Both remind us of the true consequence of sinning against God and points us to JESUS who came to save
us from our sins and the judgment to come.
A POINT AS IT REGARDS "THE WORD OF THE LORD"
Our first point: The Word of the Lord is to be OBEYED
Another point: GOD'S WORD IS TRUE AND ALWAYS COMES TO PASS-- TRUST GOD!
Our text illustrates this truth in a number of ways
a. The altar was split open just as the man of God said v.5
b. The son named Josiah- of the house of David (who was born almost 300 years later) was born and he
did burn desecrate the false altar Jeroboam set up, by burning the bones of the false priests on it -for he
was zealous for the Lord and did all he could to cleanse the land of its idols and altars. See 2 Kings
c. The death of the man of God also reinforces the truth that God's word always comes to pass
Every Word of the Lord is true. Every Word of the Lord will come to pass. We must keep on trusting God.
A POINT AS IT REGARDS BEING BEING A MAN/WOMAN OF GOD
Our first point about being a Man of God/Woman of God: Men of God OBEY THE LORD
Another point: MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LIE. see v.18
As the followers of Christ, we struggle with many things: sexual impurity, dishonesty, greed, anger,
bitterness, hatred, dabbling with other religious practices, our tongues, and even lying.
In 1 Kings 13:15-19 it says; "So the prophet said to him, "Come home with me and eat."
16 The 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
We are to be truth tellers-- for as we learn from this text-- Lying can lead to some pretty serious
consequences for us and those around us.
In Proverbs 12:22 it says; "The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy."
It is for our sins that Jesus came- It is in Christ alone that forgiveness can be had. Jesus died and took the
penalty we deserve. If you are not right with God, get right with Him-- for the wages of sin is death, but
the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.
SIGNS- A TOOL GOD SOMETIMES USES TO TRY AND GET OUR ATTENTION
As noted, the other big thing that ties our text together is the use of SIGNS
We are familiar with signs as Jesus often used them in his ministry to try and lead people to put their faith
in Him as Savior and Lord.
i.e The Gospel of John features 7 signs of Jesus: Water into wine, the healing of the officials son, the
healing of the paralytic at Bethesda, the feeding of the 5000, Jesus' walking on water, Jesus' healing of
the man born blind, the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
In our passage 3 signs are employed
We might also include the healing of Jeroboam's hand as a sign too!
i. The sign of the split altar
ii. The future sign of Josiah
iii. The lion and the donkey standing over the dead man of God.
This last one is the one most likely to catch our attention-- it certainly got the attention of the old prophet
and of the people of the city. v.24
Lions and donkeys hanging out together is not a natural thing. A lion not dragging off its kill and eating it,
is not a natural thing-- and yet that's exactly what happened
The point of all these signs:
a. To reinforce the truth of God's Word-- it will come to pass
b. To lead Jeroboam to REPENTANCE and faith in God
Note the sad last words of our chapter " Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once
more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest
he consecrated for the high places. 34 This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall
and to its destruction from the face of the earth."
Key: "EVEN AFTER THIS...'
What was the purpose of those signs? It was God giving Jeroboam a chance to repent- A chance he threw
A lesson from Jeroboam: DON'T BE STUBBORN~ Don't reject God's call. Don't reject His mercy.
In Hebrews 3:15 it says; "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the
Today is the day of Salvation: Turn to Christ and be saved.
1 Kings 13 is a real next text that is joined together by two repeated phrases "the man of God" and "The
word of the LORD" and by signs.
The points are plain
-We are to seek to be men and Women of God!
-Men of God/Women of God obey the Word of the Lord
-Men of God/Women of God tell the truth
-The Word of the Lord always comes to pass
-Sin comes with consequences-(for his sin Jeroboam lost what could have been an awesome place in
history. For his sin, the man of God lost his life.) Jesus came to save us from our sins
-According to His mercy and grace God does some pretty amazing things to get peoples attention and to
bring them to faith and repentance: If only Jeroboam hadn't have been so stubborn-- If you aren't following
Christ, don't be stubborn- turn to Christ and be saved.