Summary: Our walk with God is revealed in our willingness to continually submit to Him.
Growing in Submission
Series: Growing a Healthy Attitude
July 15, 2012
Note: this message is adapted from the book Lord Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late by James MacDonald
This was how Susannah Wesley defined "sin" to her young son, John Wesley: "If you would judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of pleasure, then take this simple rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, and takes off the relish of spiritual things--that to you is sin."
Resource, July/August, 1990.
One key theme that weaves its way through scripture is rebellion. Rebellion is foundational in understanding the Biblical concept of sin. Sin is anything we do that misses the standard set by God. When we commit sin, we are in essence saying that we desire the right to do as we please, whenever we please regardless of what God wants for us.
Examples of Rebellion
* Adam and Eve rebelled when they ate the forbidden fruit
* Israel built the Golden Calf after they left Egypt
* Moses disobeyed God when he struck the rock for water instead of speaking to it
* David committed adultery with Bathsheba
* Peter denied Jesus three times
* Prodigal Son rebelled against the father
Rebellion is closely connected with the relationship between God and humanity. Rebellion is relational in nature. We were created to have a personal relationship with God but those
Rebellion is simply choosing to do our desire instead of God’s desire. Rebellion is reserving for myself the right to make final decision.
1 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt." 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, "The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them."10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Numbers 14:1-10
Four Key terms for rebellion
Marad: Rebellion against God when a covenant commitment has been broken Marks an attempt of the subordinate to break agreement with the ruler.
Marah: Rebellion of the nation against the rul and authority of God. This word is used to describe the actions of Numbers 14.