“Now the Lord had said to Ahijah, “Here is the wife of Jeroboam, coming to ask you something about her son, for he is sick. Thus and thus you shall say to her; for it will be, when she comes in, that she will pretend to be another woman” (1Kg 14:5)
This is a sad story. But it is the Word of God, so we must learn some wisdom even from this. Jeroboam was an ordinary man when he became a king in Israel. In fact he was one of King Solomon’s officials. Because of national disobedience, God split the kingdom into two. The southern one called Judah will continue in the original royal lineage for David’s sake. The rest of the tribes shall become the northern kingdom of Israel and Jeroboam shall be their king. This was the word given by Ahijah, the prophet of God.
That is how Jeroboam became king. He was told by Ahijah that if he is obedient to God’s commandments his house shall be established. His children will live and become a dynasty. But Jeroboam ignored the warning. Immediately he built golden calf idols in the land calling them ‘God- Jehovah’. Because of this fake alternative religion he provoked God to anger. He made the people forsake the God of their fathers, becoming one of the worst kings in Israel. This went on for some time.
Suddenly the king’s son got sick. Jeroobam told his wife to ‘disguise herself as another woman’, take a gift and go to ask the same Prophet Ahijah what will happen to their son. The prophet was an old man by now and almost blind. But he did not need physical eyes to see the truth. God has already told him about the royal deception. He tells the queen that the boy will die, as a sign that all the male descendants of Jerboam will perish in God’s judgment. This is because of the king’s rebellion and wickedness against the God who made him king. There shall be no mercy to evil ungrateful traitors.
What type of man was Jeroboam? He was ‘a Nobody’ who God made a king. Maybe he considered himself as ‘lucky’. He ignored God’s conditions for blessings, taking God’s grace for granted. He was a spiritual and religious man but not truly saved. He invented a fake religion to mislead many, but when in need, he knew that only a true prophet of God can tell him the truth. He did not really care to know the prophet Ahijah. He only remembered that he prophesied ‘something good’ to him in the past. Maybe he thought that he can have ‘luck’ again. He even thought that he can deceive or bribe him with a gift. Any man who thinks that he can deceive God is truly an idolater at heart. His wife played along, sharing in this deception.
This was a clash of interests. The king’s problem was that his son is sick. All he wanted was healing for his son. But God’s problem was that the king was rebellious to Him. Jeroboam has forsaken God for so long that he had no idea God is offended. He did not know God or His prophets. Some people think that if they can make friends with the pastor or the prophet, then all is well. How foolish! How tragic to discover that when you are really in need God is not there for you. There shall be no healing, no encouragement and no hope from Him. There are many fake churches. When a deceitful religious man stands in the pulpit, when the choir is made of fashionable unbelievers and the congregation becomes ‘a gate of hell’, then that ‘church’ has lost the right to be called ‘church’. There is no more light or connection with God. It is dangerous to attend such a gathering for there shall be no miracles for you and no acceptable worship to God. Why go to a place where you are not spiritually fulfilled? Why pretend when you can be real? God knows all things anyway…Why desire to be somebody else when God has created you uniquely, to be you? Why fake salvation when you can be truly saved by the Blood of the Lamb? Why deceive people about your need when they can truly pray for you?
Blessed are you if the Holy Spirit has directed you to be a member of the true Body of Christ, a genuine Living Church! This is highest royal privilege! You are fed with the bread of Life, healed when sick, delivered when oppressed, prayed for when in need, encouraged and loved by all as Christ loves the Church! Don’t you know that you are blessed? Be grateful and give God all the glory!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I attend a wonderful living Church!
I bless my pastors and all my brethren in my Church!
Jesus is Lord in my life, in my family and in my church!
The Holy Spirit is acknowledged and freely moves in my church!
Miracles happen in my church!
! worship God in Spirit and in Truth!
I am saved! I am healed! I am free!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name