Posted in Ages 11 & above, The Negatives

Disobeying God

In this life, we have all had our fair share of disobedience – be it disobedience to parents, teachers, other elders, governmental authorities or even God. We already learned in “Obedience” that it brings blessings. What about disobedience to God? Since it is the exact opposite of obedience, does it bring upon us the exact opposite of blessings? Let us look into the treasure book to find more about this.

OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK undefined

What is disobedience to God?

Disobedience in simple words is “not doing what someone or something with authority tells you to do“. God is the supreme authority over all creation. Not doing what He has asked us to do is disobedience to Him. There are generic rules and guidelines that God has given for the human race like – You should love the Lord, your God with your whole heart and you shall not worship any other God other than Him, you shall not murder, you shall not covet other’s belongings, etc., as given in the word of God. God also gives each of us specific instructions to follow at different times. For example, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. This was a specific instruction to Abraham. God asked Noah to build an ark which was a specific instruction to Noah. So not following these generic or specific instructions given by God is disobedience to Him and is Sin.

God has given us generic instructions. He also gives us specific instructions from time to time. Disobeying both these generic and specific instruction is disobedience to God. Disobedience to God is sin.

Disobedience to generic instructions

“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.

Deuteronomy 28:15‭-‬20

‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.

Leviticus 26:14‭-‬17

Disobedience to generic instruction brings forth punishment and curses. Like how blessings overtake the obedient, curses overtake the disobedient. Their food, water, possessions, fruit of labor, health and everything concerning them will be cursed. Their lives will be filled with terror, confusion, sorrow and defeat. Disobedience is wickedness before God and hence destruction and perishing will be the final outcome because God sets His face against them. Disobeying God is to fight God and to make Him your enemy.

Disobeying GOD’S generic instruction is wickedness and brings forth punishment & curse. It also means to fight God and make Him your enemy because God sets His face against the disobedient.

Disobedience to specific instructions

Example of Adam & Eve (Genesis 3)

God created Adam & Eve and put them in the garden of Eden to keep it. They were given a specific instruction – “not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil“. Enticed by the serpent, they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. When God asked them why they ate the forbidden fruit, they did not repent, rather started blaming each other. God put them out of the garden and punished them for their disobedience. They lost their peaceful life in the comfort of the garden and were cursed. In fact the whole of humanity came under the clutches of sin and were cursed because of their disobedience.

Disobedience to God’s specific instruction also brings forth punishment and curse.

Example of Jonah (Jonah 1-3)

The story

God gave Jonah a specific instruction, “Arise, go to the great city of Nineveh and cry out against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah disobeyed God. He went to Joppa and got on a ship going to Tarshish, another city. God sent out a great wind and there was a mighty tempest on the sea. The ship was about to break and the mariners were afraid. Every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten the load. Meanwhile, Jonah was in the lowest deck of the ship and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said, “Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” And then they cast lots to know for whose cause this trouble has come upon them. The lot fell on Jonah.

Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” So he explained to them everything including how he got on this journey trying to flee from God. The men were greatly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this? What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?” And he said to them, “Throw me into the sea and the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me.” Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not. The sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Therefore, they cried out to God and said, “We pray, O Lord, please do not let us perish for this man’s life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O Lord, have done as it pleased You.” Then they threw Jonah into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. The men on the ship feared the Lord exceedingly, offered a sacrifice to the Lord and took vows.

Now God prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah and he was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly and repented his actions. God spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Again the word of the Lord came to Jonah, a second time saying, “Arise, go to the great city of Nineveh and preach to it the message that I tell you.” This time Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord and preached as he was asked to.

The Analysis

Here we see that God gave a specific instruction to Jonah. But Jonah disobeyed God and went his way. God set His face against him and punished him – Jonah was thrown into the sea and was swallowed by a great fish. In the belly of the fish Jonah repented and prayed to God. God had mercy on him and forgave his sin. God also gave him a second chance. This time Jonah obeyed God and did as he was asked to.

As we already established, disobedience to God is SIN. However, if you repent there is forgiveness and God gives us another chance to do it right. With Adam and Eve, there was no repentance and hence they were punished. But with Jonah even though he was punished, God delivered him when he repented and also gave him another chance.

If you repent, God will forgive your disobedience and deliver you out from your punishment. He also gives another chance to make it right.

Treasures uncovered

God has given us generic instructions. He also gives us specific instructions from time to time. Disobeying both these generic and specific instruction is disobedience to God. Disobedience to God is sin.

Disobedience to GOD either on generic or specific instruction, is wickedness and brings forth punishment & curse. It also means to fight God and make Him your enemy because God sets His face against the disobedient.

If you repent, God will forgive your disobedience and deliver you out from your punishment. He also gives another chance to make it right.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for teaching us the consequences of disobedience. Thank you for being merciful even in our disobedience that when we repent you deliver us out from the punishment we deserve. Thank you for the many chances you have given us to make things right. Help us not to disobey you. We love you Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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