On first read it seems to me that the old prophet is a weed. He lives in Bethel which was controlled by a false worshiping King who like Saul was acting as a King and a Priest, which Jehovah did not approve of. The old prophet was not called a prophet of Jehovah, but just an old prophet. Lastly, he told the Man of God something that was directly contrary to what Jehovah had instructed him to his eventual demise. But I’m sure this account is full of symbolism’s that might even be applicable today. I will have to think about this more in the days to come. Thanks for reminding me of this account.