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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 God?"

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 Jeroboam.


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 THE LORD!

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 way.

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 God.

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".


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 history.

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.


Our first point: The Word of the Lord is to be OBEYED


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 23:15-18
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.


Our first point about being a Man of God/Woman of God: Men of God OBEY THE LORD


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 house.

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.


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."


What was the purpose of those signs? It was God giving Jeroboam a chance to repent- A chance he threw away.

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 rebellion."

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.