The english dictionary puts the definition of rebellion as “an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or rule. Saul was rejected by the Lord, because he went against the word of God. He was told by Samuel to attack the Amalekites and totally destroy them, but Saul spared their king Agag, and also spared the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs – everything that was good. Saul willingly went against the will and plans of God, all because he wanted keep the best of plunder from the Amalekites, and because of this, he was rejected as king over Israel. In his defence, he said that his soldiers took the best of the cattle so that they would offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord God, but Samuel told him in 1Samuel 15:22-23 “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like a sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
Rebellion is everywhere, our children have rebelled because they thought that what we were advising them on was ‘shady’ to them, and all they ever wanted is to be popular in class, hang out with the cool kids, and by so doing they can have a sense of ‘belonging.’ Sometimes I look back at things I did while I was young and yet my parents advised me not to, and I feel so stupid! I keep asking myself, why on earth did I do that? is it our human nature to rebel? Why do we do that? The day before yesterday while I was at work, I got a call from home advising me that my youngest son had hit another boy with a stone and he was bleeding. At fast I was lost for words and I was wondering what led him to do what he did, but still, no matter what, I did not advocate for him to hit another boy with a stone! I spoke to the boys mother and apologised profusely for what my son did, and thank God she was understanding and even mentioned that the cut was small, and it was something that was to be managed at home. After that reassurance, I call home to speak to the young man who did that, and I am told he was hiding underneath the bed and he refused to speak to me because he was afraid and so I had to wait until I got home to be able to speak to him. When I arrived, I opened the door, and our eyes met, he was shaken, I said Hi, but he was too afraid to even answer me. I sat down and I called him over, asked him what led him to hit the boy with a stone and he said that the boy kept beating him up with blows, he said that he had tried to make him stop, but he just didn’t listen and so he got angry and hit him with a piece of stone. To cut the long story short, I had to discipline him for what he did, and to make him understand that what he did was wrong, because the boy could have being injured badly. Where am I going with this? my son rebelled, yet he knew that what he was doing was wrong and that is why he hid himself away from everyone.
This is what rebellion brings about, fear! fear comes in after you realise that what you did was wrong and you hide yourself away. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they hid themselves away and covered their bodies with leaves, when God asked them why they hid, they said because they were afraid!. Rebellion comes from the devil, he makes the sin look so enticing, so good, but when you commit the sin, he brings about guilt, he brings about shame. King Saul thought to himself, that he was doing a good thing by saving all the good cattle, yet he disobeyed God. No matter how and what angle that we look at it from, rebellion is bad and its consequences are even worse. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour Romans 6:23. When we rebel, we separate ourselves from God, 1John 3:5-6 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known.
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No-one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. 1John 3:7-10
Let us stop doing things that we haven’t being called to do, assuming that we are doing the will and plan of our father in Heaven. The will of our Father is for us to obey Him, don’t assume the role of ‘trying to help God with his work,’ He’s an all knowing, all powerful God who is Gracious and Merciful to us his children.