My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)
Saul, the first king of Israel ignored the Word of God. Then God rejected him from the kingdom.
For rebellion is no less a sin than divination,
and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)
God rejected Saul ruined. Failed in the war. Saul tried to die leaning on his spear. His stomach cut opened, intestines came out, blood flowed. How can forget the last moments of Saul floundering to die. The sad picture of his end is in the last words to an Amalekite who passed through that way.
He said to me, ‘Come, stand over me and kill me; for convulsions have seized me, and yet my life still lingers.’ (2 Samuel 1:9)
Ignoring Word of God reached Saul at this stage.
But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)
God rejected the wife of Lot who ignored the Word of God. Lot accepted and obeyed the Word of God. That lead him to life. People who reject the Word of God will become dead life.
Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book of Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.