Rebellion is such a dangerous condition! Rebellion is when we choose our own way over God’s. We think WE can meet our needs better than GOD can. Ever been there? There now? This can be obvious or very subtle.
God’s chosen people rebelled against God – over and over and over. One of those times was while they were in the wilderness (v. 40). Their rebellion grieved God’s heart. They tested God’s patience – they provoked the Holy One of Israel (v. 41). They forgot how powerful He is and forgot how He had just rescued them from the Egyptians.
- Used miraculous signs (v.43)
- Turned Egyptian rivers into blood (v.44)
- Sent swarms of files and frogs (v.45)
- He allowed caterpillars and locusts to devour their crops (v.46)
- He sent hail, sleet, and lightning (v.47-48)
- God used angels to kill the first born male (v.49-51)
- All the while keeping the Israelites safe and guiding them through the wilderness (v.52-54)
- He drove out the enemies before them and allowed them to have the land He had promised them (v.55)
With ALL OF THIS – they still rebelled and tested God. They did not obey His laws and were faithless (v. 56-57). So God dealt with it.
Remember what I said? Rebellion is such a dangerous condition! Do you see any signs of it in your life? Are there things that you are choosing your way over Gods? Ignoring what He’s saying to you? Afraid to obey? PLEASE repent today and obey Him. It’s the safest and best thing for you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor