For the last two weeks in my school’s chapel, the Sunday school lessons have hovered around rebellion and I have been greatly blessed. We were told that rebellion is defiance of authority or control. It could also mean resistance to authority. We also looked into 1 Samuel 15:23a KJV

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. I do not need to start telling you further what rebellion is all about, my focus is on what rebellion is not. As much as not subjecting to authority means rebellion, not subjecting to authority does not also always mean rebellion.

Any instruction that is not consistent with the word of God should not be obeyed! No matter who it is coming from. Let your basis for obedience be the word of God always! There is no authority over God’s. If God says yes and an earthly authority says no, standing on the yes doesn’t make you rebellious.

Confused? Let’s see some examples

Daniel refused to defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat. Dan1 vs 8. They told him to eat from the portion of the King’s meat but he said NO! Does 1 Samuel 15; 23a apply to him? No.

This same Daniel having heard that King Darius signed a decree that nobody except the King should pray for 30 days went to his room, opened the window and prayed three times a day. Does 1 Samuel 15 vs 23a apply to him? No.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down to the golden image when they were instructed to do so by authority. Daniel 3

Joseph could have slept with his Master’s wife because the request was from ‘authority’ but he knew that God’s standard was higher.

The essence of this article is to let you know that “nobody’s instruction is higher than God’s”. Your refusal to an instruction that is not consistent with the word of God is not rebellion.




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