This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 5/1/2009

The Lie That Killed a Man

by  AP Staff

One story in the Old Testament tells how a man was killed because of a lie (read 1 Kings 13). God sent a young prophet to give a message to the wicked King Jeroboam. The young prophet was told by God to deliver the message, and then leave immediately. He was not to stay there long enough even to drink or eat. The prophet began to do just as God commanded. He gave Jeroboam the message, and began his trip home.

But on his way, he was stopped by an older man who invited him to stay and eat. The young prophet refused, because God told him not to stop. But the older man said, “God told me to bring you to my house to eat and drink.”  The Bible says, however, “he lied to him” (1 Kings 13:18). The young prophet believed the older man’s lie.

After he finished his meal, the prophet again started for home. On the way, a lion jumped on him and killed him. God sent the lion to punish him for disobedience. From this we learn two important lessons. First, we must never disobey God, even if someone else says it is okay to do so. Second, we should never lie. The old man lied, and caused the young prophet to die. God hates lies (Proverbs 6:17). We should always tell the truth and obey God.

Copyright © 2009 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio