Wollen and Linen - Following the path of Christ - chapter 9 - The Man of God from Judah

Woollen and Linen - J G Bellet

The Man of God from Judah
The “man of God” who was deceived by the old prophet would have had security in the divine principles had his soul been alive to them. The word received, it is most sure, would have secured him; for it expressly forbade his eating and drinking in that place.
But divine principles would have been his shelter also. The word he had received when he set out on his journey was founded upon them, as we may easily perceive. For how, I ask, could the Lord employ an unclean vessel? The old prophet had been clearly laid aside as unfit for the Master’s use. He was dwelling in the very city where the Lord had a business to be done, but he was passed by. The Lord had gone down to Judah to get a witness against the altar at Bethel , though a saint of His own was living on the very spot. How could “the man of God” think that the Lord could employ the prophet of Bethel as His vessel? He had already passed him by. He had already after this manner treated him as unfit for His use, according to the principles of His own house that an unpurged vessel is not fit for service, 2 Timothy 2. How could the man from Judah be careless about all this?
The word he had received was enough to tell him how this principle of God’s honour was at that moment, so to speak, alive in God’s thoughts, because he was enjoined neither to eat not to drink in that unclean place, nor was he to return by the way that he came: so particular was the commandment in keeping him apart from all fellowship with that against which He was employing him to testify.
And yet “the man of God” is beguiled to receive a message as from the Lord by the hand of one who was in contact and communion with the unclean thing, against which he has been brought all the way from Judah to testify! Strange forgetfulness! Sad and shameful carelessness about the principles of the house of God. A saint as he was, and servant as he was, faithful too in the face of the offers of a king – his carcase is not to come to the sepulchre of his fathers. 1 Kings 13.