“THE SIN OF REBELLION”
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. . . ”
(I Samuel 15:23).
When we think of rebellion, we naturally think of children willfully and purposefully disobeying the commands of parents. The Bible does speak much of the rebellious child and the consequences that would naturally follow their rebellion. “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear” (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
We know, of course, Deuteronomy 21:18-21 refers to Israel under the Mosaic law, but you can clearly see that God would not tolerate rebellion; it was punished very severely. Aren’t you glad that Jesus died on the cross to fulfill all the demands of the law? “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24). “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4).
Rebellion carries with it another spirit, an evil spirit associated with the devil and his attitude and actions. In I Samuel 15, King Saul was told by the prophet of God just exactly what to do when he went to war against the Amalekites. He was to destroy them utterly, even the cattle and sheep. He deliberately and willfully disobeyed the command of God given to him by Samuel and then lied by blaming the people. God saw in Saul the rebellion that was as the sin of witchcraft and brought forth judgment upon him. God will not tolerate rebellion.
How do you think God feels when His children (Christians) today rebel against His commands, His Words? We know that God is a loving Father and that He will protect and provide for His children, but God has also established a principle concerning rebellion. He will not change His principles and He will not tolerate rebellion. There are certain things that God expects from His children and he expects obedience to His commands. It does not matter that you try to make excuses for your rebellion (as did Saul). God will render to every man according to his deeds.
Christian, if there is rebellion in your heart, hear the Word of the Lord and fear Him. Repent of your rebellion and have the sweet fellowship restored between you and your Heavenly Father. Obey Him!
Pastor H. Preston Parker