Disobedience is never left unpunished

God is not happy with  disobedience. Reading from 1 Kings 13:1-23 we see a man who was sent to prophesy in Bethel during the days of Jeroboam who reigned as king. The prophet spoke as God commanded and his words were confirmed with signs and wonders. When king Jeroboam stretched out his hand and commanded that the prophet be arrest because of the words he spoke, the hand of the king was dried out in such a manner that he could not draw it back. The king then asked the man of God to pray that his hand be restored and it was so.

The king invited the man of God into his own house for a meal and a reward but the man of God declined because the Lord had commanded him not to eat or drink from that place and neither shall he return home by the way with which he came.

All that the prophet had done was repeated by eye witnesses on the ears of the old local prophet. He then went after him on a donkey and found him sitting under an aok tree. The local prophet then confirm with him if he actually was the man of God who had prophesied in Judah and the man of God said, “yes, I am.” The local prophet persuaded him to return home with him so that he could have water to drink and bread to eat. The man of declined because the Lord had commanded him not to eat or drink in that land and neither shall he depart in a way by which he came.

The local prophet replied, “I also am a prophet and an angel appeared to me from the Lord and told me that you may eat and drink in my house.” The local prophet was is indeed lying to him. The man of God returned home with the local prophet and he drank and ate in his house. While they were yet eating, the word of the LORD came to the local prophet, saying to the man of God, “Because you have not obeyed the word of the LORD and have not kept the commandment which the LORD commanded you, but you came back and have eaten and drank in the place in which the LORD did say, “Eat no bread and drink no water” your carcass will not come to the grave of your fathers.

When the man of God had eaten and saddled the donkey, he went his way and a lion met him and killed him. The lion did not eat his corpse neither did it harm the donkey. The lion and the donkey stood by the corpse of the man of God.

As the people passed by they saw the lion and the donkey near the corpse and would ask what has happened, the local prophet came to the place and explained to the people that, ” it is the man of God who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD, therefore the LORD had delivered him to the lion which teared him and killed him according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

God punished disobedience because it is rooted on unbelief. It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6) and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Disobedience comes by doubting God’s word and thus it is a sin and the wages of sin is death.

There is no excuse for disobedient. Everyone who disobeys is rewarded accordingly and there is no escape in saying “the devil made me do it”, you get punished for doing it and not for who made you do it. Adam tried that stunt by blaming Eve and Eve blamed the snake but that didn’t work out well. They all received a fair share of the punishment for each one’s disobedience, irrespective of who tempted who.

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”
Hebrews 3:7-11 KJV

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