For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23a
Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. God abhors rebellion, comparing it to the sin of witchcraft. Witchcraft is an effort to access supernatural things without God’s involvement. This includes divination, séances, tarot cards, Ouija boards, reading tea leaves, animal or human sacrifices, drinking blood, spells, incantations, etc.
In the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the word for witchcraft is pharmacy – a dispensary for drugs. This links the expanded usage of drugs in the 1960’s and the ungodly culture that blossomed. Drugs are still part of the witchcraft culture today.
God provides multiple examples of man’s rebellion and the consequences in the Old Testament.
Cain rebelled by offering to God without a blood sacrifice. He murdered his brother, Abel, and was sent away from his family. Genesis 3
Pharoah rebelled by rejecting the 10 plagues. This caused a heavy hardship on his country, the loss of his eldest son, the departure of 2 million Israelite slaves, and the loss of all of his chariots that drowned in the red sea.
Aaron succumbed to the people by making the golden calf idol. God wanted to wipe them out, but Moses intercession saved them. Exodus 32
Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons, offered strange fire before the Lord on the day the Tabernacle was dedicated. They were destroyed by fire. Leviticus 10.
Aaron and Miriam, Moses’s siblings, are offended by Moses’s Ethiopian wife. Thinking they are just as spiritual as Moses, Miriam contracts leprosy and the camp waits for 7 days before moving on. Numbers 12
Korah, a Levite, and 250 leaders rebelled against Moses and Aaron, offering to share the religious load since they are just as holy, but are swallowed by the earth. The people complained about this mass killing resulting in an additional 14,700 dying by the plague. Numbers 16
Rebellion again God is a fool’s exercise.