“But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his warnings, and ridiculed his prophets. Finally the Lord got very angry at his people and there was no one who could prevent his judgment.”
2 Chronicles 36.16
God felt compassion toward his people and the place of his habitation among them, v. 15. But Israel’s rejection short-circuited his compassion. Jerusalem was destroyed and the people suffered.
People today make fun of the Kingdom’s teachers and evangelistas. They will be judged. Do I speak harshly of those who work in the gospel?
#votd #2-Chronicles #rejection
“Samuel said to Saul, ‘I will not go back with you, for you have rejected the Lord’s orders, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel!'”
1 Samuel 15.26
The Lord’s prophet refuses to support King Saul after his disobedience. He flatly informs the king of God’s rejection. The rupture is complete. Saul has a different spirit.
The Lord treats people as they treat him. When we reject his commandments, he rejects us and will no longer help us.
#votd #1-Samuel #rejection
“But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a man who was a murderer be released to you.”
Peter’s second sermon to the Jews in Jerusalem pointed up how the rejection of God’s Chosen One led them to seek the release of a murderer.
The rejection of God’s plan will lead us to embrace great injustices and gross immoralities — even people who still claim to belong to the Lord.
#votd #Acts #rejection
“Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’”
The disciples had to learn how to deal with rejection. They wanted retaliation. Jesus continued to pursue his mission in Jerusalem.
Do you get sidetracked by rejection? How can you develop the laser focus of Jesus to complete your task of sharing the gospel?
#votd #Luke #rejection
“Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”
1 Thessalonians 4.8 NLT
Paul’s subject was apostolic commands, v. 2, and holiness, v. 3, which means keeping away from sexual immorality v. 4-5, and not defrauding one’s brother, vv. 6-7.
Rejecting God by disobedience will not end well. Unholiness does not befit people who have received the Holy Spirit. Wisdom is recognizing when God speaks.
#votd #1-Thessalonians #rejection #holiness
“But it is too late.
The people of Israel have rejected what is good,
and now their enemies will chase after them.”
Hosea 8.3 NLT
NLT supplies the first phrase to communicate the shift from verse 2, as to why Israel will not received their requested help. In fact, it will be God who sends the enemy against them.
Rejection of what is good is to “push aside” God himself. It brings God’s rejection of such people. God’s patience has an ending point. Refusal to repent brings punishment.
#votd #Hosea #rejection