Reading through the old testament and read from Samuel 10-15 today. There were several things which caught my attention. Samuel told Saul that he has not obeyed the commandments of God.

Herein lies the dilemna, how did Saul know about the commandments of God? It appears that Saul was aware of some commandments from God. In Samuel 14, Saul build an altar. An altar which is of a plain rock which is not touched, chiselled or fashioned. It also shows God has commanded a specific manner for his own worship.

Back track a little, in 1 Samuel 13, Saul made an offer by himself instead of waiting for Samuel. Did he trangressed knowingly or unknowingly? In 1 Samuel 13:12, the list of excuses given by Saul was rather odd when he mentioned “he forced himself”. It appeared that he was trying to down play and reduce his offense.

Nevetheless, my take away for the day was
1. God commands obedience.
2. 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. 1 Sam 15:22

Some may start thinking so I can stop tithing, stop performing services since obedience is more important? No for all these are part of God’s commandments, thus falls under obedience.

Rather instead, it discourages self, but promotes God instead when we obey.



~ by ymsim on 2012/06/12.

One Response to “Obedience”

  1. The only way to know about God’s commandments is to seek him. As mentioned by God to Samuel “the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart” 1 Samuel 13:14

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