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Accusation: a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong (New Oxford American Dictionary)
We often think of the devil as the accuser—indeed Scripture speaks of him in this way—bringing charges against people of God. “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him” (Zechariah 3:1). It continues to speak of him, not only accusing, but also of being overcome. “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). It is one thing to be accused by the devil, but what if God was your accuser?
God accused Moses and Aaron of not believing in Him. They did believe in God, in His existence, His power, His reality. They had had intimate association with God. God had spoken to Moses out of the burning bush. Moses had gone into the mountain to receive the law from God. Moses had even been permitted to look upon God from the back as His glory passed by (Exodus 33:18-23). But because they disobeyed God at the waters of Meribah, God said that they did not believe on Him. “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink’” (Numbers 20:7,8). When Moses hit the rock instead of speaking to it as God said, God accused Moses and Aaron of not believing in Him. It is evident in this episode in the life of Moses and Aaron that faith in God requires obedience to His word.
Is the same true now as it was with Aaron and Moses? What if you claim to have faith in God, but refuse to be baptized for the remission of his sins? On the day of Pentecost Peter told the people to repent and be baptized for the remission of their sins Three thousand who gladly received the word were baptized. (Acts 2:38-41). Other thousands did not. Who were the ones who had faith in God? The other thousands believed in the existence of God, for they were in Jerusalem for religious purposes to attend the feast of the Pentecost, but the ones who truly believed in God were the ones who obeyed, the ones who were baptized in the name of Christ for the remission of their sins.
What about the assemblies of God’s people? What if you claim to believe, but fail to assemble? We are told that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). Then, who are the ones who really believe, those who forsake the assembly, or those who are faithful and assemble in reverence? “For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD, A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?” (Psalm 89:6-7).
What if you claim to believe, but show love for the world, even though God has warned that His people are not to love the world (1John 2:15-17)? Those who are spiritually minded, who see the true spiritual values, who put the kingdom first, who always seek the things above, are the ones who actually believe.
God accused the children of Israel of rejecting him. They rejected the God-appointed judgeship of Samuel, because they wanted to be like the nations around them—doing what was right in their own eyes— but in doing so, God said that they rejected Him. God's word to Samuel was, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them” (1Samuel 8:7).
God tells us not to believe and accept every man who claims to be a preacher of the truth (1John 4:1). However, when a man truly teaches the word of God, and we reject him, we have rejected the word of God. On the day of Pentecost some mocked Peter and the other apostles (Acts 2:13). If all had rejected the apostles on the basis of this false accusation, they would have at the same time rejected the truth which was proclaimed.
We must be satisfied with God's law, God's way—He is over all. The psalmist said, “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). Adam and Eve failed to show proper respect for God's law, and they lost an earthly paradise (Genesis 3:4). Remember also, Moses failed to do exactly as God said at the waters of Meribah, and he was not permitted to lead the children into the land of promise (Numbers 20:12). If we do not have proper respect for the gospel, the last will and testament of Christ, under which we live today, we will suffer the consequences—we lose our souls (Romans 1:16; 2Thessalonians 1:7-9).
God accused David of despising him. “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife” (2Samuel 12:10). David grew up under the law of Moses, and knew the law. Yet in his lustful desire, he broke the law of God, in committing adultery with Bathsheba. To break God's law is to despise God. Potiphar's wife tried to entice Joseph to commit adultery with her, but Joseph's response shows the great respect that he had for God and His law, saying, “How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).
To break God's law is to give occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. God told David, “by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme” (2Samuel 12:14).
Under these circumstances, we must realize the great wickedness of disobeying God, either by failing to do exactly as He has commanded us, or by doing what He has told us not to do. To sin is to sin against God, to show that we despise Him, and as if that is not enough, to sin is to cause the name of the Lord to be blasphemed.
God accused the children of Israel of robbing him. “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this … if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows” (Malachi 3:8-10).
When we fail to give as we should, we rob God. God's people are to lay aside—give—on the first day of the week as they have been prospered (1Corinthians 16:1,2). They are to give with purpose. They are to give cheerfully, and not grudgingly (2Corinthians 9:7).
When we fail to give as we should, we hold back the cause of Christ, and help to condemn souls, for our giving is God's means of supporting His work. Never forget, the giving is to include ourselves, as well (Romans 12:1-2).
When we fail to give, we also rob ourselves. God's promise to Israel was that if they gave as they should, He would open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings upon them in great abundance. His promise now stands as well: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2Corinthians 9:8).
Who can afford to have God as his accuser?
—S. Scott Richardson Sr.