Monday, September 22 2014
THE CONSEQUENCES OF WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:26,27
There is no forgiveness for willful sin, only judgment until one repents and turns away from it, just as God has said that if you don't forgive you will not be forgiven. Jesus shed His blood to cleanse us of sin and when we are born again we are washed from all iniquity and transgression being forgiven all of our previous sins and from that time if we sin He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us again as we confess and forsake that which we have committed.
The wages of sin is death, and throughout the word of God are examples of the effects that willful sin had on men who refused to repent. For instance, King Saul, the first king to rule Israel was commanded to destroy the Amalekites, a type and shadow of the old self life that we are to put to death today. The prophet Samuel delivered the command of the Lord to utterly destroy Amalek: women, children, infants, nursing babes and all of their livestock. The command was simple and direct, but Saul only partially obeyed and kept the best of the spoils for Israel and much of the livestock for sacrifices to the Lord and captured Agag, the king of the Amalekites.
Samuel was appalled at the Monarch's behavior because he had failed to carry out the commands of the Lord and destroy Israel's enemies even though Saul was rejoicing over his great victory. Samuel approached the king and proceeded to deliver the news that the kingdom would be torn from him and given to a man who was better than him, the man being the shepherd boy David.The words of the old prophet brought sorrow to Saul but he was only sorry that he got caught like many of us when we are convicted of sin. Samuel then demanded that Agag be brought before him and he took a sword and proceeded to hack him to pieces in the presence of the Lord. As you can see the consequences of willful sin can be a deadly endeavor for those who put the Lord to the test.
"Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is of the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." I Samuel 15:22,23
AN EVIL SPIRIT FROM GOD
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit (demon) from the Lord troubled him. I Samuel 16:14
Saul had disobeyed the command of the Lord, refusing to destroy his enemy, Amalek and the judgment of God fell upon him as the Holy Spirit was taken away and an evil spirit from God was sent to torment him. Willful disobedience is a serious offense requiring one to examine closely his heart before proceeding to walk in unrighteousness. Demon spirits carry out the judgment of God and they are controlled by Him as His instruments of indignation.
Throughout the Old Testament are examples for us today that we as Israel do not lust after evil things and walk in purity and holiness before the Lord. Thousands of God's people were destroyed for willful sin and disobedience and they were only dealing with the blood sacrifice of animals, we are dealing with the precious blood shed for us by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! From the sin of Achan to the rebellion of Korah are prime examples of judgment falling upon the heads of those who sinned against the Lord. Remember what happened to Israel was a type and shadow for us as believers in Christ to not only follow, but obey!
Saul became totally demonized and raged against his servant David trying to kill him and from that time onward pursued him until he perished in battle along with his son Jonathan after consulting a witch instead of the counsel of God. We would do well to take heed to this valuable history lesson in obedience and walk in repentance before the Lord lest something worse comes upon us.
And so it was, whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take his harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would be refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. I Samuel 16:23
VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY
Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common (unclean) thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:28,29
What the above mentioned scripture is talking about is the fact that under the law of Moses if you were accused of working on the Sabbath and it was confirmed by two or three witnesses, as in this case picking up sticks to make a fire and cook food, it carried a death sentence! If that's not a serious offense it goes on to say that trampling the blood of Jesus underfoot for us today carries a much worse punishment and insulting the Holy Spirit would border on blasphemy!
Many today think that all of the judgment on sin, demonic possession and the anger of God was "Old Testament" and passed away, leaving a God up in age, mellowed out and just wanting to throw blessings at His children, never paying attention to their behavior, but that is not true! Today we are dealing with the shed blood of the Son of the living God whose anger has subsided for those who have been cleansed by it, but for those who count the blood of Jesus as unclean, judgment and retribution await! Through out the New Testament God's judgment has fallen even on the saints for disobedience and willful sin.
The great apostle Paul was given a "thorn" in his flesh, described as a cruel messenger of Satan to buffet him because of pride, Judas committed suicide for betraying the Lord, the devil spoke out of Peter in an outburst of selfish ambition, Ananias and Sapphira were killed for lying to the Holy Spirit, the boy who slept with his stepmother was turned over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh and in Matthew 18:32-35 a man was turned over to the tormentors (demons) for unforgiveness!
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin