Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday evening, March 5, 2000, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. For more outlines, including a zipped file of all of my 1999 sermon outlines, click on the link at the bottom of this note, and go to our website:


By Michael D. O'Neal              Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church              Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:13-23

Text: 1 Samuel 15:23

1 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.

Introduction: Rebellion and sin are almost synonymous.

Daniel 9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

To sin is to rebel, and to rebel is to sin. Rebellion, however, is an even more serious term than sin, however, because it involves a deliberate action of the WILL. To rebel is to CHOOSE to disobey the authority over you.

Contentions in churches, jobs, homes, and games are almost always a rebellion against authority! A baseball fan rebels against the authority of the umpire who has made a questionable call by crying, "Throw the bum out!" A wife rebels against her husband as she mutters, "No man is going to tell ME what to do!" An employee rebels against his employer as he marches in front of the business carrying a sign of protest. The citizen rebels against his government by burning his draft card. Church members rebel against pastors, because they were not asked for their input or did not get to vote on a decision about the direction of the church. By the way, God never called church members to direct the church; he called PASTORS to do that.

Rebellion is SERIOUS. It is said to be "as the sin of witchcraft" (1 Sam. 15:23). It should not be tolerated nor encouraged. It is mentioned with stubbornness, which is "as iniquity and idolatry." If a son was stubborn and rebellious against his parents in the Old Testament, according to Deut. 21:18, he was to be stoned to death.


Genesis 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

The above verse is the first occurrence of any form of the word, "thirteen," in the text of the Bible. It is also the first occurrence of any form of the word, "rebel." There is an interesting connection between rebellion and the number 13. The word, "rebel," occurs in 13 verses in scripture. Gen. 13:13 is the first mention of the sodomites, who rebelled against God and against nature. There were 13 American colonies who rebelled against England. Their flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes. Their motto was, "Don't Tread On Me," which has 13 letters. The greatest rebel to come will be the Antichrist, whose number, 666, is found in Rev. 13:18 (18 = 6+6+6). The number, 666, also occurs in Ezra 2:13 and 1 Chr. 9:13. There are 39 (3 x 13) books in the Old Testament, and the last word is "curse." The curse was lifted in Acts 13:39 and Gal. 3:13, as Christ was made a curse for us. There are several 13s on the back of a one-dollar bill: the layers of the pyramid, the words above it, the stars, the stripes, the arrows, leaves, etc.

A. The Bible speaks of the first rebellion in heaven

B. The Bible speaks of the first rebellion in humanity

C. The Bible speaks of the first rebellion in the heart


Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

A. Rebels have rebellious looks

B. Rebels have rebellious lips

C. Rebels have rebellious lives


Numbers 20:24 Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

A. Rebellion angers God

B. Rebellion affects others

C. Rebellion alters your future


2 Timothy 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

A. Rebels ruin everything they touch

B. Rebels reap what they sow

C. Rebels regret what they have done

D. Rebels realize that it may be too late

If this sermon has rubbed your fur the wrong way, TURN THE CAT AROUND!

Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;


1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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