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God’s Test?

1 Kings chapter 13 includes a very strange story:

The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and have something to eat, and I will give you a gift.”

But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here.  For I was commanded by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’”  So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.

Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king.  Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken.  So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”

“I am,” he replied.

So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”

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.  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.’”

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.)  So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

While they were sitting at the table, the word of the LORD came to the old prophet who had brought him back.  He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.  You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your fathers.’”  — 1 Kings 13:7-22

So many questions arise.  Why did the second prophet lie to the first?  Was there any gain in it for him?  Or was he simply a tool of the Lord to test the first prophet?  Is it more than coincidental that it was the second prophet who was used as a mouthpiece of the Lord to point out the first prophet’s error?  And finally, what’s the point here?  Is it that we should believe what God says, no matter what others may tell us?  Should the first prophet have simply stuck to the plan that God had personally given him at the start?  What can we learn from this?

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