Disobedience is sin. When people sin they enter into an unseen state of existence. Just like we cannot see a person’s emotional state itself, but we can see how a person may be affected emotionally; so, too, sin reveals itself as a violation of relationships. Instead of warmth and love, sin creates coldness and hatred, which usually displays itself in hostility.
In the book of Hebrews, we read the reason the Israelites, after leaving Egypt, spent forty years in the wilderness until those over the age of twenty had all died, before going into the Promised Land. (Numbers 14:28–30)—Joshua and Caleb being the exceptions (Numbers 26:64-65):
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their hearts;they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
Take care, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end, while it is said, “Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Who were they that heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? And with whom was he provoked forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they should never enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:12–19)The Bible informs us that there was disobedience because of unbelief and deceitfulness of heart in those who resisted the voice of God and become hardened towards the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Rebellion is the final act; once unbelief becomes manifest.
Interestingly, atheists base their unscientific assumptions that God does not exist upon their unbelief. Why do they suffer unbelief? Because they desire to disobey the royal law of relationship that is defined in the Ten Commandments that were written by God Himself. These commandments are about relationships. But those who want to disregard relationships because of their own selfishness will be disobedient, and the corollary of disobedience is unbelief.
Those who disobey the truth of the Ten Commandments effectively allow the god of this world the right to guide their thinking. Hence, we read that the god of this world blinds people’s minds to the truth in the book of Second Corinthians, chapter four, verse four.
Just as people cannot isolate their emotions and view them under a microscope, or put them in a petri dish, neither do people see the Spirit of the Power of Air that reigns in their lives if they disobey what is written in the Ten Commandments. Evidently a significant number of the people who were in the wilderness were exactly the same as all those those who do not have a righteous relationship with our Heavenly Father. They suffered from unbelief because they preferred to be morally disobedient.
The Ten Commandments Were Designed For You To Enjoy And Possess Life