And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the LORD to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. And the man cried against the altar by the word of the LORD and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’ “And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” – 1 Kings 13:1-3
What a powerful part of scripture. In this chapter 8 times we hear, “the WORD of the LORD”. And at NO TIME do we know the name of this prophet, or anything about him. GOD’s WORD is all that matters. Our opinions, our standing in the world, our own personal accomplishments mean nothing compared to the WORD OF THE LORD! This prophesy would be fulfilled in almost 300 years! This shows you that GOD IS IN CONTROL. Quit worrying about what God has done, and is doing and AVAIL and COMMIT to the WORD OF THE LORD!
Leader, God is looking for people who are willing to share HIS WORD, not their feelings, not their interpretation, but the WORD OF THE LORD. The prophet Isaiah boldly proclaimed; No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, “Says the Lord. (54:17) When Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, in an attempt to subvert the Word of the LORD- his hand dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. Yet, even to the profane, God shows MERCY at the request of HIS Servant- and healed his withered hand! How GREAT is our GOD!
Conduit, do you desire GOD’s will, versus the worlds accolades and rewards? Are you willing to follow GOD’s WORD and not man’s ways? the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel. -1Kings 13:8-9 God’s WILL, will be done! 290 years later- the EXACT WORD OF THE LORD was fulfilled! Even the altar at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin—even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also. Then Josiah looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things. (2Kings 23:15-16) The TIME IS NOW, to know the WORD of the LORD and DO HIS WILL! All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him! Start TODAY!