This is a continuation of my piece “Is Obedience an Imperative and Prerequisite Demand? (II)”, and it goes this way:
Samson: a man of prophetic birth, one of the few whose birth was forecasted by an angel and given the privilege of being the Lord’s sledge hammer, with which He (God) used to crush the philistines. This man defiled the four Nazareth rule that kept their consecration and courtesy of this, he was reduced to nothing more than a slave who turned the wheel of the grain mill, a work probably meant for slaves.
“1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Judges 13: 1- 5.
See where carelessness and disobedience could end a man; an instruction his mother kept before he was conceived, he revealed it and had it disregarded and disrespected by a woman, consequently the Holyspirit could no longer use him.
“13 And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web. 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web. 15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death; 17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. 19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. 21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.”Judges 16: 13- 21
Saul: Chosen and anointed as king over the people of Israel, yet he died a death David lamented as one without oil on his head.
From the case study of Saul, we can deduce that half obedience is same as total disobedience, just as a half picture is no picture at all. This was where the bible said disobedience is no less that the sin of witchcraft.
“15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.” 1 Sam. 9: 15- 16.
Here Saul was chosen.
“1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?” 1 Sam. 10: 1.
Saul is anointed King over Israel.
“15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.” 1 Sam. 11: 15.
Here Saul is coroneted king.
“1 Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. 3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” 1 Sam. 15: 1-3.
Simple instruction mete out to Saul by God.
“7 And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly” 1 Sam. 15: 7- 9.
Saul’s partial obedience to an instruction given to him.
“10 Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night. 12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. 13 And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. 14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. 16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. 17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? 18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 22 And Samuel said, Hath 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 hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king”
A man chosen and anointed was rejected. If this was possible in the life of Saul, then everyone who is a believer must be cautious.
From these three examples, it is obvious and glaring that obedience is not an excess burden saddled on us to make our lives unbearable, rather it is a prerequisite demand that is nonnegotiable. If we must know God and experience Him, then we must learn to willingly walk with Him, trust His will and purpose for our lives and follow by faith.
Was it not disobedience that plunged man into mortality?
“16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen, 2: 116- 17
“2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Gen. 3: 2- 3.
Dilution of the instruction
“6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Gen. 3: 6.
The point of disobedience, notice that her husband was with her, unlike what some may be thinking that Adam was not around, well he was very much around.
The gospel music singer, Don Moen in His said titled “God is good” said, ‘though I may not understand, all the plans you have for me; my life is in your hands and through the eyes of faith I can clearly see that God is good.’
Obedience in faith is demanded of us by God, His word which is our ultimate surety and guarantee tells us the following:
“11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jer. 29: 11.
“1………O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139: 1- 17.
God desires obedience not out of compulsion but from a willing heart, let love be our drive and also our restrain. Obedience is core for any master servant relationship; obedience is prime for any father son relationship; obedience is nonnegotiable for any mutual relationship to thrive.
One of the persons I respect most as a minister of the gospel says, “when last did you obey the voice of the Holyspirit and His every bidding? The last time you obeyed God well was the last time you heard Him.”
I desire that all believers and all who call upon the name of Christ will grow to the point of not just knowing God as a father, protector, lover, supplier and lots more; but that we will commensurately know Him also as Lord and King.
Scriptures says that at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the father above; “10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” Phil. 2: 10- 11.
I am pertinent about “Jesus Christ is Lord,” no Lord wishes to be obeyed, all Lords demand to be obeyed, they are masters not partners. Also the condition they are going to bow will be to the attestation of the lordship of Jesus Christ.
We were created and are answerable to our creator; we do not owe ourselves therefore do not reserve the right to do as we always please and even if we did, we are still disadvantaged because there is more to life more than we can ever know.
Knowing the kingly dimension of God and obeying Him always is never to God’s benefit because with or without us, He is God. He was God before we came on board; now that we are onboard He is still God; and long after we are no more He will still be God.
His Lordship is incontestable and there is no two-ways about that.
Yielding to God is always to our benefit and rebellion is to our own detriment.
To what extent have you known and understood the kingly dimension of God; known Him as Lord and to what level have you yielded in total absolute and willing obedience to Him?
If you have a pedigree of obeying, keep it up and possibly improve; perhaps you do not, it is never too late moreover better late than never. Start today and taste the goodness of our God.