INTRODUCTIONA sure sign of rebellion involves the rejection of God’s word. Throughout scripture, the Lord associates rebellion with a willful decision on the part of an individual or people group to refuse to hear. In Psalm 107:11 the Bible says, “Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High.” In Nehemiah 9:26 the scripture declares, “Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs.” Those who make their necks stiff in rebellion will not incline their ears in order to receive instruction (Jeremiah 17:23). They may accept the counsel of others but refuse the Lord’s counsel (Isaiah 30:1).
- (For children): God wants children to obey their parents (Colossians 3:20). When they refuse to do so, they are rebellious (Deuteronomy 21:18-20). How well do you obey your parents? Would you be considered rebellious?
- (For everyone): Will you listen to biblical counsel? How do you feel when others offer you scriptural advice? Do you choose rather to hear worldly counsel that better suits your desires?
- How did the Lord describe rebellious people in Isaiah 30:9? Does the description fit anyone you know? Does it fit you? What can you do in order to quell your rebellion?
- Ask the Lord to give you a desire to hear His words.
- Ask God to give you a respect for His commandments.