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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: Donít Reject God.
By Annette Agnello
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At first these people were dancing and thanking you for all you had done, but soon they were in such rebellion you wanted to wipe them all out and start over. Thank goodness Moses talked you out of that. But you had to wipe out that generation and get a new start before you brought them into the land. For while they did well enough, but they were determined to rebel.
For a while you just sat quietly by. It took so long that when you did speak again you had to talk to a child and he had no idea who was talking to him. You had Samuel tell the chief priest (his boss) that the young priests were misbehaving and were going to pay for their sins.
The child, was right both of the sons died on the same day and when he heard of it Eli died too. In time Samuel the seer and leading the whole nation. He rode a circuit judging the nation he was well liked, but his sons were no better than Eliís had been. As you can see: (1 Sam 8:4-7 NKJV) Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, (5) and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations." (6) But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." So Samuel prayed to the LORD. (7) And the LORD said to Samuel, "Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
Rejecting God is serious business. A lot of people can get hurt in the process. Moses did, Samuel did, many others have been hurt too. And as you notice, the people who were hurt were not the ones who did the rejecting, but people around them usually people they were ministering to.