The Source and Consequences of Defiant Behavior

Bible Summary. Defiant behavior is a result of our sin nature. Defiant behavior is rebellion against God. From God’s perspective, He must be amazed at the choices we make because of our sin nature. Even when God does good things for us, our sin nature will rebel. God does not suffer rebellion long. His solution for resolving conflict with mankind is chastisement, punishment, and eventually total destruction. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures on defiant behavior.

Samuel Rejects Saul Because of Saul’s Defiance Against God

Samuel Rejects Saul Because He Rejected God
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Our Sin Nature Will Side With Rebellion Rather Than Jesus.

The essence of our sin nature is to rebel against God. This was personified when Jesus was brought before Pilate. The Jews had a choice of releasing Barabbas, a rebel, or Jesus, a man with no faults. In Luke 23:18 the Jews tell Pilate to release the murderer Barabbas and do away with Jesus.

Luke 23:18, “And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:”

Our Defiant Behavior Only Returns Us To Bondage.

From God’s perspective, He must be amazed at the choices we make because of our sin nature. This was the case with the Jews when Moses led them out bondage. In Nehemiah 9:17 the Jews in their rebellion against Moses appointed captains to return to the bondage of Egypt.

Nehemiah 9:17, “And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.”

Even When We Are Blessed We Show Defiant Behavior.

Even when God does good things for us, our sin nature will rebel. This happened with Saul, Israel’s first king. As time past while Saul was king, he became full of himself thinking he knew better than God and God’s prophet, Samuel. In 1st Samuel 15:23, Samuel tell Saul that God has rejected him as king because of his rebellion.

1st Samuel 15:23, “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.”

God’s Solution for Resolving Conflict Caused By Defiant Behavior.

God does not suffer rebellion long. His solution for resolving conflict with mankind is chastisement, punishment, and eventually total destruction. Proverbs 17:11 advises us that evil men seek only rebellion against God and they will be punished.

Proverbs 17:11, “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.”

God Will Punish Defiant Behavior.

God will ultimately destroy people that continue to display defiant behavior. God does not desire to destroy us because He is a loving God, but just as a loving parent He will punish us. Daniel 5:21 advises us how King Nebuchadnezzar become proud, and God brought him down to correct him.

Daniel 5:21, “And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.”