HOW AND WHY MEN DISOBEY GOD
Heb. 2:1-4


I. INT.
     A. There is a phrase in this passage that gives us the subject of discussion: “every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward”
          1. It suggest the subject “How and Why men disobey God”
     B. This test states that in times past, in the O.T. age, “Every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward”
          1. It then asks, “How shall we escape if we….”
     C. The O.T. gives us examples of obedience and disobedience
          1. It teaches us by example-by the things written aforetime
          2. The things written in the OT were written for our learning, for out instruction who are in the NT
          3. It joins the OT & the NT together in a divine pattern
          4. It is true that we are not under the OT as a law to govern us
          5. But the OT examples establish a principle and underlying principle
          6. Laws change-ordinances change-covenants change BUT THE PATTERN FOR OBEDIENCE DOES NOT CHANGE
     D. THE WORD OBEDIENCE PRESUPPOSES LAW, OR COMMANDS FROM A SOURCE NOT WITHIN MAN HIMSELF; A SOURCE OUTSIDE OF HIMSELF
          1. Therefore, obedience is a state of subjection to authority, the submission to rule, the acceptance of guidance
          2. This is true whether we are speaking of civil law or Divine law
          3. Whenever anyone refuses to comply with law, that is disobedience whether it is civil law or Divine law
          4. Whenever anyone resists what is right in either the moral realm or the religious realm he is in a state of DISOBEDIENCE
     E. HOW MEN DISOBEY GOD CAN BE SUMMED UP IN SEVERAL WORDS WHICH DEFINE MAN’S RELATION TO GOD AND DESCRIBE HIS WHOLE ATTITUDE TOWARD RELIGION
III. HOW MEN DISOBEY GOD
     A. 1st, THE WORD “PROHIBITION”
          1. Man disobeys God when he violates a “Prohibition” - “Thou shalt not”
          2. An example of this is seen in man’s first act of disobedience. In the garden of Eden when God said “Thou shalt not”- Gen. 2:16-17
               a. Both Adam and Eve transgressed and disobeyed God
               b. This is 1st example of disobedience in the Bible - Rm. 5:12
     B. 2nd, IN THE WORD “OMISSION”
          1. In Gen. 4 we have a record of the 1st disobedient act of omission
          2. The disobedient act of Cain was in the omission of what
God had commanded-Gen. 4:3-5
               a. In the NT, Heb. 11:4, the apostle said - Rm. 10:17 says
               b. If faith comes by hearing the Word of God, & Abel offered unto God his sacrifice by faith, it was by revelation
               c. The word of God is necessary to the performance of an act by faith
          3. God commanded the unblemished lamb for the offering
               a. Whatever may have been the reason for Cain’s omission, it was an act of disobedience
               b. Cain’s disobedience represents a failure to do what is commanded
          4. Disobedience by omission means failure to do what is commanded
          5. Failing to do what God has commanded may be a matter negligence, or it may be carelessness or it may be an utter disregard for the command; but whatever may be the cause when one omits doing what God has commanded, he has performed an act of disobedience
     C. 3rd, IN THE CLASSIFICATION OF DISOBEDIENCE, IS THE WORD “ADDITION”
          1. Man disobeys God when he ADDS to that which God commands
          2. It is often remarked that “the Bible does not say not to do it”
               a. This is often said when one adds to what God has said
          3. The 10th chapter of Lev. Is an example of this kind of disobedience - Lev. 10:1-3
               a. Nadab and Abihu disobeyed God in an act of ADDITION TO WHAT GOD SAID, in lack of respect for His law
          4. In Ezek. 22:26, the Prophet rebuked the Priests of Israel for failure to
          5. The principle that determines acceptable service to God is whether the thing done is an appointment of God or an innovation of man
          6. Nothing in the realm or worship can be acceptable to God that has not been sanctified by his command
          7. Some things are morally right but are religiously wrong
               a. Washing hands - morally right - Wrong as a religious act - Mark 7:1-9, 13
               b. Counting beads - morally right - counting them in the Rosary as an act of worship unto God is religiously wrong
               c. Morally right to play an instrument of music in the realm of moral privilege but to bring into the realm of Divine worship is religiously wrong
               d. A THING MORALLY RIGHT BECOMES RELIGIOUSLY WRONG
               e. THIS IS WHAT MOSES TOLD AARON-Lev. 10:1-3
          8. We are guided by what the Bible instructs us to do NOT by its silence
     D. 4th, IN THE EXAMPLE OF DISOBEDIENCE IS THE WORD “SUBSTITUTION”
          1. The story of King Saul is the example - I Sam. 15
          2. God commanded one thing and Saul did something else I Sam. 15:12-28
          3. Saul thought that he was doing something for God
               a. People are always talking about doing something for God
               b. One cannot do anything for God that he has not appointed
          4. He was substituting ceremonies & sacrifices for what God had commanded
               a. This was Saul’s sin of disobedience-Substitution
          5. Saul stands as a warning against substitution in the realm of religion today
     E. 5th, IS THE WORD “PRESUMPTION”
          1. This form of disobedience is exemplified in the case of Uzzah-2 Sam. 6:3-9
          2. God had commanded that only certain ones should touch the ark of the covenant
          3. Uzzah’s intentions were good, but his act was one of presumption, and it constituted disobedience
          4. No matter how well intentioned Uzzah was in his action, he was acting without authority
          5. He was presuming on God
          6. King David prayed in Psa. 19:13
     F. 6th, WORD FOR DISOBEDIENCE IS “DECEPTION”
          1. One can be led into disobedience by being deceived - I Kings. 13:9
          2. There was an Old prophet in Bethel, when he learned what the young prophet had done, the Old prophet followed him, and when he found him, he said-I Kings 13:11-19
          3. In I Kings 13:20-22; 23-24
          4. Someone will say that God punished the wrong man, that he should have slain the Old prophet
               a. God will take care of the false prophets in his own time
          5. We need to learn a lesson on the danger of believing a lie and of disobedience to God through deception
          6. 2 Th. 2:10-12 warns
          7. The same mistake is being made today
     G. 7th, WORD THAT SPELLS DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD IS “REBELLION”
          1. The example of it is the nation of Israel
          2. The nation of Israel stands as a perpetual example of rebellion against God
          3. Heb. 2:1-3 warns
     H. HAVING SHOWN THE NATURE OF DISOBEDIENCE, LET US NOW LOOK BRIEFLY AT WHY MEN DISOBEY GOD
IV. WHY MEN DISOBEY GOD-Matt. 13:3-
     A. THE SEED THAT FELL BY THE WAYSIDE REPRESENTS THE HEART HARDENED HEART OR THE CONDTION OF INFIDELITY
     B. THE SEED THAT WAS SOWN ON THE STONY GROUND FELL INTO A SURFACE SOIL. THE SOIL WAS NOT DEEP. IT REPRESENTS APATHY OR A STATE OF INDIFFERENCE.
     C. THE SEED THAT FELL ON THE THORNY GROUND REPRESENTS WORLDLINESS
          1. Allows the affairs of the world to choke the seed
     D. THE OBEDIENT HEARER IS REPRESENTED BY THE SEED THAT FELL INTO GOOD GROUND
          1. Honesty is 1st, then good heart is the result
          2. an honest heart will receive the word
V. CONCLUSION:
     A. Seven words describe how men disobey God
     B. Three words-infidelity-apathy-worldliness illustrate why men disobey God
     C. That is the lesson we leave with you in the hop that we all may be humble and obedient hearers of the word of God



How and Why Men Disobey God