Ezekiel 12:2
“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”

Rebellion is an interesting thing. Most people, who are in rebellion, don’t see themselves as rebels, but  have justification for their behavior. Children do it with their parents, adults do it with their superiors, and all of us do it with God. I think it might be helpful to note that Ezekiel gives us a Biblical definition of rebellion, so we can recognize whether or not we are currently rebelling against God. He says, a rebel is one who has eyes but does not see and ears but does not hear. In other words, if we know what we are doing is unacceptable to God and we are doing it anyway, then we are in rebellion against God.

Often, we complain that God is silent. We want to hear from Him about a decision we are trying to make, but He does not seem to answer us. This may be because He has been speaking to us, about something we are doing (or not doing), and we have refused to listen. We are rebelling, yet hoping to get marching orders. This happened to King Saul. For years God had been telling Him to give up the throne and pass it on to David. Instead of obeying, he rebelled and did everything he could to silence the voice of God. Then when the Philistine army was approaching, he sought God for instructions on how to defend Israel. His seeking was met with silence. God refused to give marching orders to a rebel.

God’s word gives clear parameters for relationships. If you are violating these parameters, no matter how often you attend church or read your Bible, you are still a rebel. It is time to stop doing what He forbids, and start putting yourself under His authority.

Pastor Jim

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