2 Chronicles 30:8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
Rebellion thrives upon the self-will of any individual or group of individuals. It parallels stubbornness, hard-heartedness, and a stiff neck. The first use of rebellion in the Bible indicates that it is a refusal to submit to the will or authority of another (Genesis 14:4; see also 2 Kings 18:7). Sometimes, rebellion may be the refusal to go at the command of another (Deuteronomy 1:26), while at other times, it is the refusal to stay (Deuteronomy 1:43). The point is that rebellion is a refusal on the part of a person or group to submit and yield to the rule of another. It involves a conscious decision to cease from following, and though there may be times when resistance needs to be made against the world, “God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD” (Joshua 22:29).
- (For children): Moses and Aaron did not submit to God’s authority when He told them to speak to the rock in order to bring forth water. God called this rebellion (Numbers 20:2-12, 23-24; Deuteronomy 32:48-52).
- (For everyone): How do you see rebellion? Is it an honourable attribute? Is it a trait with which you should be pleased? Is it an attribute that you recognize in your own heart?
- What is the first act of rebellion in the Bible that comes to mind? Who was the first one to demonstrate rebellion? What does this teach you about the nature and source of rebellion?
- Ask God to soften your hard heart.
- Ask the Lord to guard you from the sin of rebellion.