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The Sentence Of Rejection
"God never casts any off till they have first cast Him off." - Matthew Henry
The most horrible thing in the whole wide world is to receive "the sentence of rejection" from the Lord God Almighty.
In order to avoid ever receiving it, let's study the cases of those in the Bible who did and then learn from their mistakes.
In 1 Samuel 15:23, we find the words of the Prophet Samuel to King Saul after he disobeyed the Lord's command - "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king."
In 1 Samuel 15:26, a confirmation of this "rejection" is recorded and reads as such - "And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel."
And again, we read of this "rejection" in 1 Samuel 16:1 - "And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons."
As we look over in 2 Kings 17:15 and 20, we find another example of this "sentence of rejection." This time it is directed to the ten tribes of Israel - "And they rejected His statutes, and His covenant that He made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them...And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight."
In Jeremiah 8:9 and 12, we find "the sentence of rejection" directed toward "the wise men" or leaders of Israel - "The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?...Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD."
Lastly, in Hosea 4:6, this horrible doom is addressed to the priests - the religious leaders of the people - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
In the above examples, we read of how an individual, a people, or a nation "rejected the word of the LORD"..."rejected His statutes... covenant... and testimonies"...or the "knowledge" of God and divine things. This "rejection" - in turn - always brought forth the "rejection" of the Lord.
Saul refused to do what God told him to do. He said "No" to God's command. In response, God decided that he would not be king any longer. He said "No" to Saul's kingship.
Israel ignored God's warnings...despised His statutes...refused to obey His instruction...and rejected His decrees. When they did, they turned to vain things for help - while wasting their energies and misspending their time chasing after nothingness. Therefore, the Lord turned His back on them - which resulted in them enduring great suffering...being delivered into the hands of spoilers or cruel enemies...as well as being cast out of His Presence.
The Prophets urged the people to obey the Law. The "wise men" wouldn't be governed by it nor follow its direction. They cast away what God said. Hence, "in the time of their visitation," they were "cast down."
The priests refused to listen or learn. They turned their back on the "knowledge" of God. They despised it...were disgusted with its teachings... and preferred other instruction to it. They refused to teach the people of God what their duties or obligations before God were. He retorted on them by holding them in great contempt and removing them out of the office of the priesthood.
In 1 Chronicles 28:9, we read the words of David to his son Solomon - "And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever."
Did you catch what was said here?
"...but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever."
Now, that statement right there does not fit into many people's concept of God. They cannot imagine Him - as the God of Love - ever abandoning or rejecting anyone.
But - as you can see - the Scripture plainly states that if anyone ignores Him...turns away from His Word, ways, and worship...deserts His service and turns from following after Him - then He has no other choice than to cast off this individual or leave him for good.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church today.
It is a very serious thing to say "No" to God when He is asking you to do something. You may try to ignore His command or outrightlly reject it - because you do not like what He is asking you to do. But, know this - if you do not obey, He will have no other choice than to reject you in whatever has meaning in your life.
Whatever God is asking you to do happens to be important "business" with Him. If you "reject the Word of the Lord," He will reject you in a matter that is important "business" with you. In fact, you may experience demotion or serious loss.
When Israel "rejected" God's statutes and covenant, they experienced one hardship after another. Life became hard for them. "Spoilers" were raised up against them - looting their property and exploiting them on every hand.
"...for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being..."
God forbid that any one of us would ever hear these words spoken over our lives.
Whatever the Lord Jesus is telling you to do - no matter what it is - just obey!
Know this - He doesn't take disobedience lightly.
And remember - delay is considered as disobedience in His sight.
May God Bless His Word.