1 Kings 13:4-6 “4 When the king heard the word that the man of God had cried out against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Arrest him!” But the hand he stretched out against him withered, and he could not pull it back to himself. 5 The altar was ripped apart, and the ashes poured from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.
6 Then the king responded to the man of God, “Plead for the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me so that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God pleaded for the favor of the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as it had been at first.”(HCSB)
It is amazing as to how distant stories—seemingly distant—hit so close to home. King Jeroboam had set up his own temple and worship system to worship God and here we have the confrontation by God’s prophet about that system. We all do this, we all are setting up altars and temples and sacrifices to worship God that are about what our hands have made.