Why Pretend?

To read the Bible in a year, read First Kings 14 and 15.
The son of Jeroboam became very sick. Then Jeroboam sent his wife to the prophet Ahijah to find out what would happen to their son (1Kings 14:1-4). Interestingly, Jeroboam told 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” (v. 2). The only need for her to disguise herself would be that Jeroboam was ashamed of his sin, but he was not thinking clearly. If Ahijah could tell them whether their son would live, the prophet could also know if it was Jeroboam’s wife. Truly, the Lord revealed to Ahijah that she would come pretending to be another woman (v. 5). Then this happened, “And so it was, when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps as she came through the door, he said, ‘Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another person? For I have been sent to you with bad news'” (v. 6).
There is no use hiding from the Lord. We cannot pretend to be another person. We cannot offer excuses, rationalizations, and justifications for our sinful behavior. It is better to be straightforward with the Lord.

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