A. Rebellion is popular, but that is not God’s perspective (Proverbs 17:11).
- God desires reasonable, good, obedient followers (Isaiah 1:17-20).
- Under the Law of Moses, rebellious people were executed (Joshua 1:18 and Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
- Think of what the Scriptures call being “stiffnecked” because they are unyielding (Acts 7:51).
- A stubborn, stiff-necked, unyielding person(s) aren’t generally turned even with much evidence and reason to change (Isaiah 48:1-8).
II. Body: I Samuel 15:1-35 (*Lesson From vs. 23)
A. Departure from the will of God is rebellion (Daniel 9:5).
- The type of person who walks in his or her own way (Isaiah 65:1-2).
- Likewise, a stubborn person is one that walks the way he/she/they want to (Judges 2:19).
- Paul, with a clear conscience (Acts 23:1), thought persecuting the saints was the right thing to do (Acts 26:1-15).
- Ignorantly doing things your way will not be excused (Romans 10:1-3; cf. Matthew 7:21-23).
- Following the example of Christ, as we ought to (I Peter 2:21-22); even when something is difficult to do we need to do it according to the will of God (Luke 22:39-46; cf. Hebrews 5:5-10).
- Saints cannot be self-pleasing (Romans 14:7-9).
- We should have a servant’s mentality even in addition to serving God (Romans 15:1-3 and Galatians 5:13-14).
- We need to be willing to learn (Proverbs 8:33) rather than like a mule (Psalms 32:8-9).
- Understand that you are serving one god or the God (I John 3:8-10). Therefore, even when you think you’re doing things your way, you’re yielding to someone (Romans 6:16).
III. Conclusion: Think of this “invitation” that was given to the congregations in Asia at the conclusion of John’s revelation (Revelation 22:6-21).
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