Because of Their Disobedience

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: As Obedient Children.

Throughout the Old Testament, we can read about those who rebel against (disobey) God and the consequences to themselves and the society around them. Their disobedience was the result of their unbelief and their resistance to God's instructions. From Adam and Eve in the Garden through all generations until the devil is deposed permanently (Revelation 20:10), there have been and will be those who resist belief in and obedience to God.

Even in the church among those who profess belief, we can find ourselves in rebellion against our heavenly Father. We are cautioned to resist the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9) who is looking to destroy our faith in and obedience to God. We have an early example in Ananias and Sapphira who conspired to lie about their contribution for the poor (Acts4:32-5:11). Peter attributed their action to Satan filling their heart (Acts 5:3).

The writer of Hebrews cautioned Christians against having a "sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God" (Hebrews 3:12). He also encourages us to turn to Jesus for "mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:14-16).

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