Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Listening to the Lord - Part 3 - Don't listen to the Old Man

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Psalms 143:8-10

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isa 30:21
One of THE scariest stories in the bible, involves a nameless man of God who has a prophecy that came true - establishing him as a true prophet of God. But because he listened to someone else, he lost everything, including his life.
And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 1 Kings 13:1-5
The altar rending was the sign given that this was a true prophecy from the Lord.
And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. 1Kings 13:6-10
Ok. So the Lord specifically told the man of God not to eat or drink or go back the way he came. So far so good, he obeyed. But now for the scary part:
Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:

And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,

But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.

And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 1 Kings 13:11-26
This story has ALWAYS bothered me. Why did the old prophet lie? was it a test? Certainly, one the man of God obviously failed.

The Old prophet represents the Old Man nature. The Old Man wants to kill you and he will lie to do it. Now the story goes on that the Old prophet really felt bad about the man of God, but too late, the guy is dead now. This also establishes the fact that you should never listen to anyone else when they try to tell you that the Lord gave them a revelation that is the opposite of what the Lord has given you. We are to obey the Lord only! not a man.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Psalm 146:3-5
David Eells from Unleavened Bread Ministries has an excellent booklet called, "Are you following a Wolf" That helps distinquish the Old Man from the New man.

The New man is Christ in you the hope of glory. We are not to doubt ourselves and our standing as sons of Yahweh. If the Lord gives you a revelation, it is ok to get a confirmation (you should always confirm to make sure it is from the Lord and testing the spirits), but don't let some Old prophet, or someone else come along and try to tell you that you didnt hear from the Lord. The Lord will teach you His ways and how to obey Him. Don't let Satan cause you to lose by not obeying the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for teaching us your ways - what they are and what they are not. Thank you so much for being so loving and awesome and always taking care of our needs. In the name of Yeshua, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Anonymous said...

Amen! Thank you sister.

cliff hilbert said...

Linda, that was a story the Lord used in my life back in 1985 to tell me that I was not to look for guidance from the senior prophet in the church I was attending. I was a prophet-in-training and greatly respected this senior prophet. But the Lord let me know that I would perish if I looked to this man for guidance. I was only to look to the Lord.