The Price of Disobedience



Israel, listen to the rules and laws I’m going to teach you. Follow them. Then you will live. You will go in and take over the land…. Don’t add to what I’m commanding you. Don’t subtract from it either. Instead, obey the commands of the LORD your God that I’m giving you.


God loves obedience.
~Jim Nesbit

A Jack 4I was reading in Daniel a few days ago when I came across this verse in chapter 8, “Toward the end of their rule, those who refuse to obey God will become completely evil. Then another king will appear. He will have a mean-looking face. He will be a master at making clever plans.” I am not going to get into the prophecy which for me would be mere speculation but the principle expressed here got my attention. There are many consequences to disobedience. Moses told the Israelites that obedience was the key in taking and keeping the land. Moses used the word ‘obey’ 69 times in the book of Deuteronomy. Moses told them {Deuteronomy 4:27}. If you don’t obey the LORD,  the LORD will scatter you among the nations, where only a few of you will survive.

So there are consequences to disobedience but the one mentioned by Daniel is very frightening. Those who make disobedience a habit, those who continue to disobey will become completely evil. In other words, it is the same principle mentioned in Romans one, we will be given over to our depravity. Romans 1:24, So God let them go. He allowed them to do what their sinful hearts wanted to. He let them commit sexual sins. Romans 1:26-27, So God let them go. They were filled with shameful longings. Their women committed sexual acts that were not natural. In the same way, the men turned away from their natural love for women. They burned with sexual longing for each other. Men did shameful things with other men. They suffered in their bodies for all the twisted things they did. Then a third time the NIRV says God let them go…Romans 1:28-32, They didn’t think it was important to know God. So God let them go. He allowed them to have dirty minds. They did things they shouldn’t do. They are full of every kind of sin, evil and ungodliness. They want more than they need. They commit murder. They want what belongs to other people. They fight and cheat. They hate others. They say mean things about other people. They tell lies about them. They hate God. They are rude and proud. They brag. They think of new ways to do evil. They don’t obey their parents. They are foolish. They can’t be trusted. They are not loving and kind. They know that God’s commands are right. They know that those who do evil things should die. But they continue to do those very things. They also approve of others who do them.

Take your pen and make a list of the consequences above. It will give you some idea of how costly disobedience can be. As Solomon said, “The way of the transgressor is hard.”


  • The governor lifted the no burn order but it is so wet I can’t burn. Just over a week ago, the ground around my little building was like concrete and now it is a mud hole.
  • No rain today but colder temperatures.
  • THE GATHERING tonight at 6:30.
  • Today is Jason and Mandy’s 20th anniversary and also the date on which Luther was promoted 6 years ago. Pray for Mrs. Jewel. She has had a couple of rough weeks. 

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