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REBELLION TO GOD COSTS
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This is the fact and the truth. When we rebel against God, it starts in our heart. Our actions are simply the manifestation of the rebellion that started in our heart. When we sin, before we ever commit the act, it starts in our heart, moves to our head, and ultimately is manifested in the action itself and slowly it spoil our mind and thoughts and we prefer to chose a way which straight away goes to a dead end.
When we choose to live our life in rebellion to God, and chose to live according to our way then we will pay the price in so many different ways.
The Example of this rebellion against God can be seen in the word of God in Old Testament.2 Cronicals Chapter 30 ,Where we can see Hezekiah sent to Israel and Judah,2 Chronicles 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel.
This post with letters sent across to all the Kings of Israel and Judah from City to city saying, turn again unto the LORDyou and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him. So the posts passed from city to city but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.and the wrath of God on Israel and he departed his Glory from the midst of them and they went into exile, slaughtered. They measured the word of God and his warnings lightly and was in proud and thought that even after their henious crimes God will fight for them. But, “No”. His glory left them and he left them to be died in their sins.
In The book of Samuel we can See Eli who was a Jewish Priest living in the days of the judges and serving God at the tabernacle in Shiloh, a city near the hill country of Ephraim (1 Samuel 1:1, 3).
He had two wicked sons. They violated the Law by keeping and eating meat from the sacrifices that was not allocated to them. They also had sex with the women who served at the doorway to the tent of meeting. The bad behavior of Eli’s sons was apparently widely known and the report came back to Eli. When he found out about these things, he rebuked his sons but failed to make them stop, allowing them to continue to profane the tabernacle (1 Samuel 2:22-25)
The Israel went forth against philestine to battle and people have sent to Shiloh to bring back the ark ,The ark of God who promised them I will fight for you.
Whenever there was a battle the Ark was taken ,and it was in front and after that the priest who blowed the trumpets and after that the Army of Israel walked.
And they were Victorious.
But when the House of the Lord was spoiled his Glory left that place ,The Israelites thought the ark is with them and God will fight for them, and when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.(1 Samuel 4:3).
And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and the Isrelites fled and every man into his tent killed and there was a very great slaughter around thirty thousand men killed and And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were also slained.
Eli was sitting on the wayside his heart was trembled for Ark of Covenant ,a man came running and delivered him the news that Israel has smitten and both of his Sons were also killed.and when Elie heard about it he died.
Eli’s Daughter in law who was pregnent and was near to deliver the child when heard that the ark of Covenant was taken and her father in law and her husband are dead ,her pain came upon and while she was dying the women standing beside her said ,fear not a son is born to you,when she answered not.
And she named the child “Ichabod,”Which means Glory is departed, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.(1 Samuel 4:21).
We can see the same thing when Israel went into exile because they rebelled against God and have spoiled and corrupted his house so the wrath for which he prophesised to Eli and other Prophets also , Ezikiel is one of them.
The Prophet Ezikiel was living among the exiles by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians described this in his four vision ,Ezekiel 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.
He described in four vision how the Glory of God departed from.the temple and left it. Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Ezekiel 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. (Ezekiel 10:4,10:18, 11:22-23).
He has seen with his eyes the Glory of God departed from the Temple.
Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
The Tample of God which was made by Solomon and was built with Gold and other Precious stones and the wood of walnut was looted and destroyed by the king Nebuchadnezzar and it will took Nebuchadnezzar one and half years to siege the twelve gates of Jerusalem.
This is all because Israelites rebelled against God.The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perversenes, all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
These are the results or cost of rebellion against God.
We might think that God is with us ,but the moment our steps goes against his will and we started neglecting the importance of the piousness of his house,the same very moment God's glory left us and we face the wrath of God and face tribulations which comes to us due to our transgressions and iniquities.
In today's world People say ,God lives inside us he is everywhere ,Yes it's true it's there only untill you cross the limits. the moment you crossed it, his Glory departs and we think that he is with us and don't realized why there are problems coming in our lives.
Our thinking is same like the People of Israel who thought that the Covenant Of God is with them ,When philestine came for battle against Israel (1 Samuel 4:3). But what happened and what was the result, the Isrelites smitten and fled away and around thirty thousand men were slaughtered.
Because they thought the God is with them and will fight for them but God has already left his Glory from them Because of their rebellious nature and their transgressions and iniquities.
They corrupted and spoiled the Temple of God where his glory was there in the midst of them ,but they provoked God and left the ways of Rightiousness and walked on evil and unrighteousness ways.
We only provoked God to show his wrath on us, we only provoked him to rebuke and destroy us ,when in our Life we think everything is fine and we are blessed doesn't mean that his Glory is with you , doesn't mean when you go to the Church his glory is there,seeing the situations of present day Church ,his Glory is not there but departed. The main cause of this is dissension and unrighteousness.
That's why he called back his Glory from the Church but yes his Glory can be seen where people comes to him with Rightiousness and with Repentence ,he poured out his Spirit on them and that's what done on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14).
He is waiting to send back his glory on the places ,the church and his temple and for that he is using his holy spirit the advocate for which Christ has promised to send ,and this holy spirit is working in God's Anointed people whom he has ordained and given the position of Royal Priesthood to deliver the true message of God and true doctorines and teachings of Christ. Not just Blessings but his sufferings too.
Because untill you will not go through the sufferings of Christ you won't be able to get his Blessings which is Eternity,and Abundant life.
Blessings doesn't mean the Materialistic possessions or the material wealth. But blessings means Rightiousness , Obedience,holyness and satisfaction , happiness in all circumstances , fearlessness, truthfulness, Faithfulness,trust and belief.
Remember your Materialistic possessions doesn't belongs to you but belongs to this earth,your fleshly body belongs to the dust ,and your soul belongs to God,you don't have anything which belongs to you.
What is your life, it's like grass.Psalms 103:15-16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
This article I have written when I watched a Sermon of one of my beloved brother. and after that i started searching the scriptures which he mentioned and when I read then I realized yes when we rebel and go against the will of God ,his Glory departs from us.
My Prayers to everyone who reads it that may our Lord open your understanding,may his light shine on you that you realize the importance of God's words and his Glory.
May the veil which is in your heart and mind opens up and you see the truth a New and a living way which goes through the flesh of Christ and his blood and bless you abundantly with his Bread of life and his living water.
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