1 Kings 14 tells the story of Jeroboam who was king in Israel. Jeroboam was rebellious towards God. As a result, God sent judgement upon his house and kingdom by first causing his son to get sick. In Old Testament days, people often looked to prophets to heal the sick or to predict whether they would die from their sickness or recover. So Jeroboam instructed his wife to go to the prophet Ahijah and ask whether their son would live or die. 1 Kings 14:2-4 reads:
And Jeroboam said to his wife, “Please arise, and disguise yourself, that they may not recognize you as the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh. Indeed, Ahijah the prophet is there, who told me that I would be king over this people. Also take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him; he will tell you what will become of the child.” And Jeroboam’s wife did so; she arose and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were glazed by reason of his age.
The chapter goes on to tell us that even though Jeroboam’s wife disguised herself, God revealed her identity to the old prophet who then told her that he knew who she was. He also tells her a string of bad news that includes the death of their son. Even though the chapter focuses on the sins of Jeroboam, we can learn from his wife that one’s deception will always be found out.
1. Jeroboam’s wife was deceitful because she listened / obeyed someone else. In this story, the sin of deception did not originate with Jeroboam’s wife. It originated with him. He told her to ‘disguise yourself, that they may not recognize you’; and she did. In obeying, Jeroboam’s wife carried out his sin. It is right to obey those who are in authority over us. However, it is wrong to obey a command that goes against God even when it comes from someone older, smarter, or more powerful than us.
God’s Word tells us not to lie. Deceit is a form of lying. When Jeroboam’s wife obeyed him, she disobeyed God. Over everyone else, God is the one we should fear the most. In every situation, we should choose to obey the commands of God over the commands of humans.