1 Kings 13* Jeroboam's sin reproved. (1-10) The prophet deceived. (11-22)The disobedient prophet is slain, Jeroboam's obstinacy. (23-34)1-10 In threatening the altar, the prophet threatens thefounder and worshippers. Idolatrous worship will not continue,but the word of the Lord will endure for ever. The predictionplainly declared that the family of David would continue, andsupport true religion, when the ten tribes would not be able toresist them. If God, in justice, harden the hearts of sinners,so that the hand they have stretched out in sin they cannot pullin again by repentance, that is a spiritual judgment,represented by this, and much more dreadful. Jeroboam looked forhelp, not from his calves, but from God only, from his power,and his favour. The time may come when those that hate thepreaching, would be glad of the prayers of faithful ministers.Jeroboam does not desire the prophet to pray that his sin mightbe pardoned, and his heart changed, but only that his hand mightbe restored. He seemed affected for the present with both thejudgment and the mercy, but the impression wore off. God forbadehis messenger to eat or drink in Bethel, to show his detestationof their idolatry and apostacy from God, and to teach us not tohave fellowship with the works of darkness. Those have notlearned self-denial, who cannot forbear one forbidden meal. 11-22 The old prophet's conduct proves that he was not really agodly man. When the change took place under Jeroboam, hepreferred his ease and interest to his religion. He took a verybad method to bring the good prophet back. It was all a lie.Believers are most in danger of being drawn from their duty byplausible pretences of holiness. We may wonder that the wickedprophet went unpunished, while the holy man of God was suddenlyand severely punished. What shall we make of this? The judgmentsof God are beyond our power to fathom; and there is a judgmentto come. Nothing can excuse any act of wilful disobedience. Thisshows what they must expect who hearken to the great deceiver.They that yield to him as a tempter, will be terrified by him asa tormentor. Those whom he now fawns upon, he will afterwardsfly upon; and whom he draws into sin, he will try to drive todespair. 23-34 God is displeased at the sins of his own people; and noman shall be protected in disobedience, by his office, hisnearness to God, or any services he has done for him. God warnsall whom he employs, strictly to observe their orders. We cannotjudge of men by their sufferings, nor of sins by presentpunishments; with some, the flesh is destroyed, that the spiritmay be saved; with others, the flesh is pampered, that the soulmay ripen for hell. Jeroboam returned not from his evil way. Hepromised himself that the calves would secure the crown to hisfamily, but they lost it, and sunk his family. Those betraythemselves who think to support themselves by any sin whatever.Let us dread prospering in sinful ways; pray to be kept fromevery delusion and temptation, and to be enabled to walk withself-denying perseverance in the way of God's commands.
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