Two Signs

1 Kings Bible Background

Old Testament: 1Ki 13.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 12–13 on May 6, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

God tore away ten tribes from Judah and gave them to Jeroboam, but he failed to remember what God had done and began to engage in idolatry.

Therefore, God sent a prophet to him to reveal what would happen because of his sin:

And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the LORD has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”

– 1 Kings 13.1–3

The second sign happened that very moment and that was proof that the first sign would come to pass. Yet, Jeroboam was not deterred from his sin, but embedded himself in it. That is why in the future this unnamed prophet had said that God would raise up a king, Josiah, who would bring down that idolatrous altar.

Questions:

  • Into what house would Josiah be born?
  • What great event is yet to happen?

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