Week 41: Obedience

Written on 07/05/2020
Dr. Todd Horton


BIBLE PASSAGES

  1. Numbers 25:10-29:40 
  2. 1 Kings 18:46-19:21 
  3. Acts 2:1-21

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” – I Samuel 15:22.

Daily obedience to God is becomes a lifestyle. From the readings, we can find how disobedience affected Moses and Aaron. At the same time, we can see how obedience rewarded Joshua, Caleb, and Elijah.

When we read Acts 2 we need to understand that our obedience now is paramount to the Spirit’s nudges and calls whether or not we understand at the time what He is saying.

Jesus told Nicodemus “You must be born again of water and Spirit".  In the Hebrew culture, this would make sense.  For a scholar like Nicodemus, I would be intrigued to know if there was not some mystery in the words of Jesus.

What does it mean to be born again of the Spirit and then begin the journey of obedience to His voice?  As we examine our responses to His leading, remember the Spirit is Gentle.   The commands, directives, safeguards, relational elements are all there to assist us in a thriving relationship with the Father.

Remember what I Kings 19:11-12 says, “Go out and stand before Me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”

To obey is better than sacrifice, I don’t need your money, I want your life. And I hear you say that I’m coming back soon, But you act as I’ll never return. Well, you speak of grace and my love so sweet, How you thrive on milk, but reject my meat, And I can’t help weeping of how it will be if you keep on ignoring My words. Well, you pray to prosper and succeed, but your flesh is something I just can’t feed. To obey is better than sacrifice. I want more than Sunday and Wednesday nights, because if you can’t come to me every day, Then don’t bother coming at all. Lah, lah, lah... To obey is better than sacrifice. I want hearts of fire, not your prayers of ice. And I’m coming quickly, to give back to you, According to what you have done, According to what you have done, According to what you have done. – Keith Green “To Obey is Better than Sacrifice

 

Questions for Reflection:

▪ How does Acts 2 fit into my understanding of this week’s reading?

▪ Why are there so many duties of sacrificial offerings?

▪ Will I choose obedience like Elijah?

▪ Can I see how the disobedience of Moses left him outside the promised land?

▪ Does obedience ring true to me when it comes to the Spirit of God?

▪ When Joshua was chosen by God, the scriptures say the Spirit was in him. Have I come to the knowledge of the fact that the Spirit of God desires to make His home inside of me?