“Rebellion is in the heart of every person who lives by ‘I WILL’ instead of by the ‘WILL OF GOD.’ ”—June Hunt 

What Is Rebellion? 

  • Rebellion is open opposition to authority or tradition.
  • Usually the word rebellion implies disobedience when there should be obedience.
  • The Old French word for rebel is rebelle, which means “to wage war again.”

What Is Obedience? 

  • Obedience means being submissive to authority.
  • The Latin word for obedience is oboedire, which means “to listen.”

What Is the Biblical Picture of Rebellion? 

This is seen in the Bible regarding a son (Amon) who succeeds his evil father as king. 

“He walked in all the ways of his father.” 

2 Kings 21:21 

Who Are Considered Rebellious? 

  • Anyone who is violating the revealed will of God is rebellious. 

“Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Romans 13:2

  • Rebellion can reside in the heart of anyone at any age. 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23

Is Everyone Rebellious? 

  • Yes. We were all born with a sin nature. 

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

Psalm 51:5

  • Yes. We have all willfully sinned. 

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” 

Isaiah 53:6



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Grace Filled Words:

“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

1 Kings 22:5


“Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Colossians 3:8

Additional Scriptures: 

Luke 15:11–32C

James 5:19

Psalm 62:5–7

Hebrews 4:13

James 1:20

Colossians 3:13

Matthew 23:24

Luke 15:17

Jeremiah 17:9

Romans 2:14–15

Romans 13:1–2

Psalm 51:17

2 Corinthians 7:10

Psalm 34:18

1 Timothy 1:9

Exodus 19:5–6

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