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Consequences of Disobedience

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship by Andrew P. Logan Sr.

Up to this point in our study of worship, we have examined reasons why we must worship God and what benefits are promised to us when we obey.  Unfortunately, it has become commonplace for us to look for loopholes, escape hatches, and perhaps even rationalizations that help us disobey while feeling good about it.  But, should we be feeling good about disobeying God?  Perhaps after reviewing this next section, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about your worship response.

Hezekiah and David both prospered as a result of their way of life of worship toward God.  Hezekiah was well familiar with the consequences of the disobedience of his predecessors.  Those consequences borne out in his people gave him compassion and a desire to obey God; avoiding the mistakes of his predecessors.

“For our fathers have sinned and did the evil in the eyes of Jehovah our God, and have forsaken Him, and have turned away their faces from the house of Jehovah, and have turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the sanctuary to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of Jehovah was on Judah and Jerusalem, and He has delivered them to trouble, to ruin, and to hissing as you see with your eyes. For lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.” (2 Chronicles 29:6-9)

The story of Ahaziah identifies consequences for disobedience.  Sometimes as believers we become indignant at the Israelites for their lack of steadfastness in obedience from generation to generation.  Yet, are we that different today?  What things are we worshiping today, having elevated them to a place equal to, or above God in our lives?

“Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. And he reigned two years over Israel.    And he did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.  For he served Baal and worshiped him, and provoked Jehovah, the God of Israel to anger, according to all that his father had done.” (1 Kings 22:51-53)

 I don’t know about you dear one, but the last thing I want to do in this life is provoke the Lord to anger.  It was clear that Ahaziah did not fear the Lord, nor did he concern himself with the Lord.  Instead, he worshiped Baal and provoked God to anger.   But what consequences did Ahaziah suffer as a result of his disobedience?

“And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper room in Samaria, and was sick. And he sent messengers and said to them, Go, ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.  But the angel of Jehovah said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise! Go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and say to them, Is it not because no God is in Israel that you go to ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?  And therefore so says Jehovah, You shall not come from that bed on which you have gone up, but shall surely die. And Elijah left.  And the messengers turned back to him. And he said, Why have you now turned back?  And they said to him, A man came up to meet us and said to us, Go, turn again to the king who sent you, and say to him, So says Jehovah, Is it not because no God is in Israel that you go to ask of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? Therefore, you shall not come down from that bed on which you have gone up, but shall surely die.  And he said to them, What kind of man was he who came up to meet you and told you these words?  And they answered him, He was a hairy man and was bound with a girdle of leather around his loins. And he said, He is Elijah the Tishbite.” (2 Kings 1:2-8)

 Isn’t it interesting that some people don’t know when to surrender?  Here we read that Ahaziah was injured in a fall, but did he consult God?  No, instead he sought counsel from Baal-zebub the god of Ekron.  Not only did he provoke the anger of the Lord, the Lord sent word to him through messengers that he would not recover.  In pride and arrogance, Ahaziah decided to go after the man who dared give him such news.  He devised a plan to send fifty men and a commander to go and bring Elijah back to him.  But Ahaziah’s plans soon proved fruitless.  Elijah, a man of God, discerned this plan and the origin of the plan, and called down fire from heaven which consumed the company of the fifty men and their commander.  Upon hearing the news of the destruction of the first company, Ahaziah commissioned a second company of men and a commander to carry out his plan.  Again, with the discernment of the Lord, Elijah called down fire, and the fifty-one men were exterminated.  Now most rational people would consider staying away from someone like Elijah, given what had happened to the first two companies of men.  Astoundingly enough, Ahaziah, was able to commission yet a third company of men.  However, this time, the results were different.

The commander of the third company of men threw himself at Elijah’s feet and begged for mercy after acknowledging Elijah’s God and His authority.  At that moment, Elijah heard from the Lord and was told to listen to the commander and accommodate his request.  Elijah returned to Ahaziah and spoke the prophetic words of the Lord directly to Ahaziah himself.  Ahaziah died just as Elijah spoke, after a brief two year reign over Israel.  From this we can clearly see that disobedience to God does indeed have negative consequences.

God has feelings and will choose to share them even if it means bringing death to those who do not follow his commands.  Putting this in perspective, do we dare take a position in our lives where we fail to obey God’s command to worship Him and Him alone?  Are we prepared to accept the consequences not obeying Him?

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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