The Result of Disobedience

I Chronicles 10:13

Come with me this morning as we see an army marching through the wilderness. There is no talking or jesting. They are a determined group of valiant warriors with one objective in mind. As we approach the city of Bethshan, we see what has motivated these men to march all night long. Hanging on the wall of the city are four dead bodies. As we draw closer we find that one of the bodies is missing its head. These men carefully remove the bodies from the wall, burned them, buried the bones, and fasted for seven days.

Who are these four men who have been hung on the wall in open shame? They are Jonathan, Abinadab, Melchishua, and Saul. What has happened? Why has the king of Israel and three of his sons been killed by the enemy and fastened on the wall of this Philistine city for all to see?

I. The Historical Reason.

II. The Real Reason. cf 1 Chron. 10:13-14

What was the difference? Repentance. Listen to me this morning. All we like sheep have gone astray. There is none righteous no not one. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

But God is ready and willing to deal with our sin effectively. We may want to try to cover it up and hide it; but God wants us to acknowledge it and repent of it. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) Will you come to God today?