There are so many stories in the Bible that are unbelievably strange. This is unquestionably one of them. No names are given but we have two prophets. The old one, that we would assume is wiser, ends up being the one to deceive the other prophet with a lie. He claims God said something to him that God never said. The result is shocking…the old deceiving prophet lives and the other man, who seems less at fault, is killed by a lion. Wow!
I have been on the receiving end of spiritual manipulation. I can remember a man telling my wife that an illness she had was not being healed because God told him she had a lack of faith! He also told me I was not where God needed me to be…he ended up being dead wrong.
I am always leery when people tell me what God is telling them, especially when it goes against God’s word to me. I hear God through Scripture, not in dreams or burning bushes. If you have a message for me from God, it had better line up with his written word or else I won’t come eat at your home!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.