In Part A, we discussed what it means to be Stiif Necked and gave few examples of it..
In this Final part, we will talk about the Response or reaction of God towards “Stiff Necks”.
First and foremost, what is your reaction to Stiff Necked people?
When you encounter a person who is Stiff Necked, what will be your disposition towards them? Most of the times, we(Humans) react in different ways but prominent amongst those ways is to dislike the person(s); keep a distance between us and the person(s) and generally avoid such person(s)….Psalm 75:5 “Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.”
In some extreme cases when we know that there is danger ahead for that person, we say and do nothing, watching the person fall into such harm. The bottom line is; We might not wish the person destruction and harm but we certainly will not offer to help in the first place.
Proverbs 29: 1 says “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.”
Isaiah 46: 12 says “Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from my righteousness.”
Isaiah 30:1 says “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord , “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin:”
God’s reaction is not so far from ours; Destruction and Death upon the Stiff Necked person partly because being Stiff Necked towards God means you know more than God; you are Wiser than God and invariably YOU ARE GOD…King Nebuchadnezzar equated himself to God in Daniel 4…(verses 29-30) “Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” and was immediately turned into an animal; he was destroyed as King and Human.
And Partly because the stubborn has no part in God’s Kingdom and if you are not in God’s Kingdom, then you are in Satan’s Kingdom and John 10:10(a) applies “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”
Let me End with the story of Balaam in Numbers 22…Balak, the King of Moab had heard of the great defeats the Amorites had suffered in the hands of the God of the Israelite and now learnt that the same Israelites had camp within their territory; along Jordan and across Jericho. He was afraid that same fate might befall the land of Moab..So he called for Balaam, The Prophet.
Because he knew that it was the God of Israel that granted them victory all the times, he understood that they enjoy God’s blessing. He knew that to enjoy God’s blessing, you must be obedient to God’s Word and Will…Joshua 1:8-9 says “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
He knew that in order to defeat them, God’s blessing and favour must first be removed and replaced with God’s curse because God’s curse brings destruction and death but the children of Israel were obedient(then) and not Stiff Necked(Stubborn and Obstinate)
Balak asked Balaam to curse the children of Israel…Numbers 22:6 “Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.”
But in verse 12 of the same chapter 22 God told Balaam not to curse them because they are blessed…But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”
Balaam told the emissaries that Balak sent the truth that God told him not to curse them as they are a blessed people but when Balak persistent with his request and Balaam indirectly made request for silver and gold, he went back to God for the second time and asked again the permit to go and curse the children of Israel. The interesting thing was that at the second request, God gave him the permission to go…Numbers 22:20 says “That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.”
Two contradictory commands you might think and say but not but not so because in verses 21-22 the Bible say’s “Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to opp.”
So why did God ask him to go the second time? Because he was Stiff Necked; he was Stubborn and Obstinate because of monetary greed and corruption. He was not obedient because if he was, the very first command from God would have been enough. He wanted to have his way which was against God’s way and because destruction and death are the consequences of been Stiff Necked, the angel to accomplish that task was sent after him to kill him but we thank God for His mercies.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, the Salvation Call and Walk was created and designed for our good by God and obedience is the key to a successful end…
Psalms 1: 1- 3….”Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord , and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”