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7 Scriptural Observations on Obedience

1. Obedience is the only thing God requires from man. The entire Bible is a book about obedience. Obedience is the complete submission to the sovereignty of the Most High God. Disobedience is rebellion against Divine authority. God only demanded obedience from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but was disappointed. Thus, Jesus Christ, referred to as “the second Adam”, eventually came and became obedient to the point of death. He is our perfect example for obedience (Hebrews 5:10). Obedience is the key to accessing the heavenly treasures. You cannot even be saved unless you obey God’s call for salvation.

Proverbs 21:3 “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”

1 Samuel 15:22 “So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams”

Philippians 2:5-8  “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

2. Obedience is proof of love. The only way God measures our love for Him is through our obedience. Humans measure love through words, but God measures love by obedience.

John 14:15 “”If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”  2 John 1:6 “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”

3. Obedience is proof of faith. When you obey God, you prove your confidence in God. What is faith? Faith is confidence in God (Hebrews 11:1). The honouring of a divine instruction is the highest evidence of faith.

Hebrews 11:8-10   “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively (metaphorically, symbolically) speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.”

4. Partial obedience is disobedienceWhen you change any part of a divine instruction, it is no longer obedience, but disobedience.

1 Samuel 15:18-21Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”

5. Disobedience attracts a consequence. Every reaction to an instruction attracts a reward or a repercussion. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden because they did not honour a divine instruction. Saul failed to obey God’s instructions completely and suffered the consequence. There is no neutral ground between obedience and disobedience. you are either disobeying or obeying.

1 Samuel 15:22-2323 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”

Psalm 78:9-11 “The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle. 10 They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law, 11 And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them

6. Obedience impresses God. God is extremely excited when we honour His instructions. When we obey Him, God is pleased. He feels great pleasure whenever He smells the aroma of our obedience. God is so impressed with obedience that He offers blank cheques to the obedient (John 15:7). He says in Exodus 19:6 that “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.”

Exodus 34:11Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.”

7. Obedience attracts divine rewards. Only the obedient are guaranteed rewards. When you obey God, you schedule blessings (Psalm 19:9-11). Also, we see this in the life of Abraham how God was moved by his unflinching obedience.

Genesis 22:17That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

 Questions

How is your obedience work with the Lord? Are you a covenant practitioner? Do you prioritise obedience? How attentive are you to the voice of the Spirit? What is it that is hindering you from honouring Divine instructions? Whose voice are you willing to obey? Whose instructions do you obey? What is the proof of your faith in God? How would God view your love work with Him?

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