Obedience and Disobedience

15 Apr

 Obedience and Disobedience by Jonathan Doctor, Th.M., Ph.D.

You must obey God’s direction, no matter what people think. Not everything that God tells you will be popular with people. Your wanting to please people can cause you to disobey God.

Disobedience means to neglect or to refuse to obey. Other words for disobedience: disregard, defy, go counter to, refuse to obey, rebel against, violate, transgress, resist, refuse to submit to, fail to comply. Other words for obedience: follow and abide with.


Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve had a choice to obey or disobey. The only thing God said was to not eat of a certain tree (Genesis 2:1517).


Saul’s Disobedience

In 1 Samuel 15:3, Saul is given instructions. In 1 Samuel 15:8, Saul partially obeys—partial obedience is disobedience. Saul lies to Samuel and tries to justify it by blaming his disobedience on the fact that he feared the people. Samuel had to kill Agag because Saul did not. Saul lost his kingship and anointing because of his disobedience (1 Samuel 1516).


David Obeys God

David obeys his father’s commands. David took care of his responsibilities. He had someone keep his sheep. He left his carriage in the hands of a keeper. Saul was still king even though he lost the anointing. Israel was talking defeat even before the battle began ( 1 Samuel 17:2425).

David’s brothers accused him falsely (1 Samuel 17:28).

When you do what God says today, it is setting you up for what will happen tomorrow. What David did that day affected his tomorrow. Obedience to his father brought David to the cause.

King Saul calls for David. Saul refers to David as a young boy that is not trained for battle. David tells Saul about what God did through him with the lion and the bear and what God will do through him to the uncircumcised Philistine; David runs to Goliath, not away from him. When the giant looked at David, he could not believe that they had sent a boy out to fight him. David went out to Goliath in the power of God, not his own power. David defeated Goliath. David won a great victory because of his obedience (Deuteronomy28:2)

This is a portion of my new book called “Born Anew – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose”



One Response to “Obedience and Disobedience”

  1. Charlesojal November 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I agree there is no option to obedience ,this is how we are sure that we have come to know Him,by obeying his commands .God blesses those who are obedient to him . We can never say that we are doing Gods will if we are disobedient Matt7:2:-23 Deut.28:1,8

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