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Authority and Obedience


The two, authority and obedience, go hand in hand. There is a story in the Bible that illustrates clearly how important obedience is for God. We all know the Israelites were rescued by God from the oppression they suffered at the hands of the Egyptians. God appointed a leader for the Israelites. His name was Moses.

With Moses as their leader the Israelites were led out of Egypt…

God made His will known to Moses and Moses would in return speak to the Israelites. If the Israelites sinned God would pass judgement to them through Moses. Moses was like the speaker for God and God was the King of the Israelites. They had no human government. The Israelites were a very stubborn nation which was punished often for they did not obey God as Moses instructed them to do. God would lead them into the dessert and let them roam there for awhile, as punishment for their sins. Sometimes God would get so angry and disappointed with the Israelites that he would wait until a whole generation were dead before restoring the nation to its former glory, the chosen nation of God.

After the death of Moses, God appointed judges and prophets to guide and speak to the people of Israel.

I sometimes wonder why God hasn’t given up on them. But God’s love for His people was so great and amazing that he would forgive them time and time again.

This time the Israelites decided that they needed a king to govern them. God was very disappointed, as He was always the King over Israel. But because he loved the children of Israel so much, God send Samuel to anoint a king, He has chosen, for them. Saul became the first human king of Israel. God blessed Saul and he led and governed the Israelites very well. They fought in wars with the other nations and would always win. God delivered the enemies of Israel into the hands of Saul and his warriors.

During one such war God promised Saul to deliver the Amalekites into his hands but he was supposed to kill all men, women, children and livestock. Saul did as God told him through the prophet Samuel accept for keeping the best of the livestock. When Saul returned home Samuel went to see the king.

Amplified Bible

1 Samuel 15

13And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, Blessed are you of the Lord. I have performed what the Lord ordered.

14And Samuel said, What then means this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

15Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord your God, but the rest we have utterly destroyed.

16Then Samuel said to Saul, Stop! I will tell you what the Lord said to me tonight. Saul said to him, Say on.

17Samuel said, When you were small in your own sight, were you not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed you king over Israel?

18And the Lord sent you on a mission and said, Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites; and fight against them until they are consumed.

19Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but swooped down upon the plunder and did evil in the Lord’s sight?

20Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag king of Amalek and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21But the people took from the spoil sheep and oxen, the chief of the things to be utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.

22Samuel said, Has the Lord as great a 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.


I want to repeat what Samuel said: “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams”

That means that God prefer us to be obedient, than sacrifice things or bring Him offerings.

Yes being a teenager can be confusing with all the rules and authority appointed over you. But I think God know how confusing it sometimes can be. He therefore gave you so much more people being in authority over you so you have the opportunity to ask many people for advice when it comes to right and wrong.

A lot of people to obey and respect in our daily lives, at work, at school even at church…

There is an easy way to keep to the many rules and authorities appointed over us. Jesus said – Give to the Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” That means that we have to obey the rules, laws and authorities in the places and country where we are. But even more easily: If we love God and read his word regularly we will exactly know what is required of us.

I found a story on the Internet about obedience and how important it is to God that we obey the rules given to us.

When God Talks, Shut Up and Listen

Written by Karen Wolff:

A couple years ago I signed up to become a hospital visitor for my church. When I first saw the notice in our church bulletin, I immediately felt that I should respond. But, I let it pass. Over the next couple of weeks, the thought occurred to me off and on so I said to myself, “If I see the notice in the bulletin this coming Sunday, I’ll sign up.”

Of course, it was in there. But this time when I saw it, there was no getting away from it. I finally had to say, “Okay, okay God, I’m going!”

So there I was doing hospital visits for the first time. I was nervous, but I prayed a lot before I went, and I was doing okay. But on my way to the second hospital, I prayed again that God would use me to represent Him to all the sick people, giving comfort, etc.

Right in front of the hospital was a crosswalk with a traffic light. As I stood at the corner I kept praying, starting to cross, even though the light was red. I mean, I was in a hurry trying to get to all those sick people!

Right in the middle of the street I heard, “So you want to represent Me, and you can’t even make it across the street without breaking the law?”

I was so shocked by this, I said the most spiritual thing I could think of, “Oops.”

God uses lots of things to talk to us. But actually hearing from God isn’t so much a matter of if he’s talking, but rather, whether we’re listening.



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