There are several Hebrew and Greek words which are translated into English as rebellion, rebellious, and rebel.

The first Hebrew word is “marad”, meaning “the refusal of the inferior to carry out his responsibilities to the superior (whether to royal power or to God Himself) and thus is an attempt to void the relationship.

The second Hebrew word is “marah” signifying “ an opposition to someone motivated by pride; to disobey.”

The third Hebrew word is “sarar”, meaning “to be stubborn”.

The fourth Hebrew word is “pasa”, meaning “to transgress or revolt” indicating a violation of an established relationship by a subordinate. – Dr. L. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, pp. 512, 513; W. Vine, An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, pp. 315, 316.

The first Greek word is “apostrepho”, meaning “to turn away”.

The second Greek word is “anupotaktos”, meaning “not subject to rule”.

And the third Greek word is “antilogia”, meaning “dispute, contradiction, or hostility”.

1 Tim. 1:9-10          For whom is (all and any) law (that reflects morals) made

Would you consider yourself rebellious (i.e., not subject to rule/laws), and why?

If so, would applying 2 Cor. 10:5 help to deal with this problem, and how?

Num. 14:9          What do Joshua and Caleb tell the Israelites to not do?

How were the Israelites rebelling against the Lord (13:2; 14; 2-4, 27, 30; Deut. 1:26)?

Are you ever rebellious toward God by not believing and doing what He says (e.g., Deut. 9:23) in His Word, the Bible, as well as by grumbling against the spiritual leader(s) He’s placed over you, who is (are) instructing you to obey Him?


Deut. 1:41-46       After the Israelites rebelled against God by not going in to take the promised land and were, therefore, disciplined (Num. 14:22-23, 32-37), they now decide to obey God and want to fight the Amalekites. But God tells them not to.  However, the Israelites once again rebel against God’s command and went up to fight the Amalekites.  What happened to the Israelites as a result?

Do you ever rebel against God’s commands, are disciplined by Him, and then turn right around and rebel against Him again?


1 Sam. 8:4-8          In what way did the Israelites rebel against the LORD?

Do you ever rebel against the LORD by not wanting Him to rule over you because you want to be like everybody else (1 Sam. 8:5) and how they do things or what they do?


1 Sam. 12:15          What is the opposite of listening to (obeying) the LORD?

And what would happen to these Israelites if they rebelled against the command of the LORD?

Because the Israelites rebelled against God by asking for a king so they could be just like all the other nations, how did God discipline them and show His dislike for their rebellion (1 Sam. 12:17-18)?

Even though God may give you what you want in spite of your rebellion against His perfect will, He may also discipline you for doing so (like He did here in destroying their wheat harvest with rain).


Psa. 78:17             What is rebellion against the Most High called?

                                How did Israel rebel/sin against God (vss. 18, 20; Num. 11:4)?

                                [What made this request rebellion is that God’s perfect will was for them to have/eat manna, Ex. 16:4, but they weren’t satisfied with God’s perfect will, Num. 11:4-6, and instead wanted meat.]

                                Though God gave them the meat they wanted (Psa. 78:27), how did God feel about their rebellion (78:21), and what did He do to some of them (78:31)?

                                Are you ever dissatisfied with God’s perfect will for you, and so complain to God about it?

                                And if so, did God grant you your request, but disciplined you later for your rebellion?

                                Besides getting God righteously angry, how else does our rebellion/sin affect Him (78:40; Isa. 63:10)?

                                In spite of God’s continued goodness toward Israel, how did they respond to Him (78:56)?


                                In spite of God’s goodness to you, do you continue to rebel against God and not obey His commands (such as to evangelize the spiritually lost, Matt. 28:19, 20; to build up spiritually other Christians, Rom. 14:19; and to live a holy life yourself,      1 Pet. 1:14-15)?

                                How did God respond to Israel’s continued rebellion (Psa. 78:59-64)?


                                How do you think God feels about your rebellion (i.e., disobedience to His commands), and why?


                                What do you plan to do about your rebellion toward God and His commandments to you in the Bible and His will for your life, and why?


 Isa. 1:1, 5-20        If these Israelites refused to obey God and rebelled instead, what did the LORD say would happen to them (vs. 20)?


                                Though the Israelites brought sacrifices, burnt offerings, and incense to the LORD (vss. 11-13) and celebrated religious holidays and prayed to God (vss. 13-15), yet they lived in unrepentant (failure to change their thinking about not committing) sin and failed to obey God’s moral laws/commands (vs. 17).

                                Do you ever go through the motions of religious/Christian activities or service (e.g., evangelism, attending or teaching Bible studies, praying, singing or playing Christian music, etc.), but are living in sin (i.e., disobeying God’s commands to love Him supremely, to love your fellow Christian as Christ loves you, and/or to live a holy/pure life)?


                                How does God feel/think about people’s religious activities or service when they are in rebellion to His moral commands (vss. 11, 13-15)?


                                Do you think God has had enough of your religious activities and service and takes no pleasure in them, thinks they’re worthless and an abomination, hates them, is weary of them, and won’t listen to your prayers if you’ve been rebelling against God and His moral commands such as: to do good, seek justice, reprove the ruthless, and help the helpless (vs. 17), and instead are living in sin (vs. 16)?

                                In what ways did the Israelites rebel against the glorious LORD?

                                Do ever rebel against the LORD either by your words, attitudes, or actions, and why?

                                If so, what will you do to ensure that it won’t happen again?


Num. 20:23-26     Because Moses and Aaron rebelled against God’s command at the waters of Meribah (vss. 7-12), what long awaited expectation did they forfeit due to God’s discipline of them (vs. 24; 27:12-14)?


                                [Often God disciplines spiritual or religious leaders more harshly because of their position, influence, and example, e.g. James 3:1.  Just because you’ve served God a long time or have done a lot of good, it doesn’t mean you have the liberty to rebel against God even once as a spiritual leader.].

                                Do you see how serious God takes the sin of rebellion no matter who commits it?


Psa. 106:7             The Israelites’ disbelief in God’s promise to take them into the Promised Land and deliver them from Egypt(Ex. 14:9-12; Ezek. 20:6) is viewed as what by God?

                                Had you realized that to disbelieve any of God’s promises in the Bible that are for you is an act of rebellion?


                                Why do you think God views disbelief in His promises as rebellion (Prov. 3:5; Psa. 4:5; Heb. 11:6; 2 Chron. 20:20)?


Psa. 107:10-12     Prison, being near death, in misery, and humbled were all consequences the Israelites suffered because they had done what?


                                Have you ever been in misery and hard circumstances because you rebelled against God’s words as found in the Bible?


Lam. 3:40-42        People who have transgressed/sinned and rebelled against God should do what (vs. 40)?


                                When you rebel against God by disobeying what He commands of you in the Bible, do you stop to examine your life to see in what way/areas you’ve specifically disobeyed Him?

                                And then once you’ve discovered in what way(s) you’ve disobeyed Him, do you return to Him by confessing your sin(s) and by choosing to not do it (them) again, and why?


Ezek. 2:3-4           Do you see how transgressing/sinning against/disobeying God is rebellion?          What other characteristic usually accompanies rebellion (vs.4)?

                                Would you consider yourself stubborn when it comes to disobeying God’s commands in the Bible, and why?


Ezek. 20:7-8        How had the Israelites rebelled against God while they were yet in Egypt?

And what was God’s initial attitude toward them because of this?

Do you have any detestable things or idols in your life (i.e., things that are more important to you than God as evidenced by your devotion to them in terms of your time, thoughts, energy, resources, etc.) that you’re refusing to get rid of (e.g., the gods of: sports, martial arts, weight lifting, materialism, money, cars, career, a non-Christian dating partner, video games, computers, pornography, rock music, cell phones, etc.), and why?

Hosea 7:13-14     When Israel was suffering God’s discipline for their rebellion against God, how didn’t they cry to Him?

God would have redeemed them, but what did they speak?

After you are disciplined by God for your rebellion, do you insincerely repent (change your thinking and, therefore, your words) to God and thus lie to Him, and why?


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