Today’s Passage – Leviticus 24 – 25
Scripture Memory for February – Psalm 100
“After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth. At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people
(1 Kings 13:33-14:2)
At the end of the chapter we find Jeremiah doing evil – he is making anyone and everyone a priest. Anyone who would do his bidding, anyone who had itching ears, he would surround himself with those who would agree with him.
But the very next chapter tells us that his son became sick. His son was dying and all of these “spiritual men” could do nothing. The “yes men” were of no help whatsoever and Jeroboam knew it. So he asks his wife to go to the real man of God. He knows there is only one place to go – the real priest. Jeroboam knew who the real priest was (Ahijah), he knew where to find him (Shiloh), he knew the prophet would tell his wife what they wanted to know, and he even knew of the priest’s eyesight problem (he told her to disguise herself).
When the chips are down, and when the world reaches the end of the rope, they are going to want a real man of God. When they reach the end of the highway, they will know where they can go. They know who the real ones are. I know that I have been openly criticized for mentioning God, or faith, or salvation. But when those same people needed prayer or needed true advice they could call on me.
Be real. Sometimes it’s hard. You may be mocked or even yelled at. Some will ignore you, and some may even persecute you; but there will also be people who will listen and will respect you. There will be a handmaiden that says, “There’s a man of God who wants you to dip in the Jordan seven times.” Countless people swarmed to Jesus because they knew he was real. You be real.
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