REMINDER THAT DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS DEATH
By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President of Thread of Hope, Inc.
“For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’” -1 Kings 13:9
There are stories in the Word of God that we need to stop, meditate on, and keep as warnings. This is one of them. This prophet has no name. Just that he was told to go to Bethel, give a word, and return back home a different way. He wasn’t supposed to stop, socialize, eat, drink, talk, or sight see.
The man went and did what God commanded. The King invited him to the palace to eat at his table. The man told him just what is written above and left. He passed the first test. Imagine refusing the invitation of the Queen of England. Who does that? Great job, Mr. No Name Man.
There was an old prophet living in Bethel. When he heard what took place he went after him to bring him to his home. Mr. No Name Man told him the same story as written above. “But the old prophet answered, "I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” Mr. No Name Man got up and went with him completely disobeying the command of the Lord. Perhaps he saw the old man as a “seasoned” prophet. The problem was the old man was lying. Catch that! He was lying.
Mr. No Name Man is now at the home of the old man, “while they were sitting at the table, a command from the Lord came to the old prophet. He cried out to the man of God from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have disobeyed the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back to this place and ate and drank where he told you not to eat or drink. Because of this, your body will not be buried in the grave of your ancestors.” Ouch!
This story sends chills up my spine because too many people are fooled into believing lies. I have a rule. It’s an easy one, and I want to share it with you. God does NOT tell anyone what you should do and not do until He tells it to you. Once God tells you something it should be a done deal. Often, I get so many messages. Can you pray for me? So I do. Many times God shows me what’s going on. Sometimes, God tells me, “I’m showing you what’s happening because you're praying. I’m hearing you but you cannot say anythi