"Obey or Obey?"

If I told my kids to pick up all the clothes from their bedroom floor, I expect them to pick up "ALL" the clothes from his bedroom floor. I expect them to obey me completely. I don't expect them to say, "When we picked up all the clean clothes that we like to wear and left the dirty ones on the floor." This just isn't going to work because this isn't obedience. As a matter of fact, it's disobedience.

I was reading in 1 Samuel 15 earlier today. You know, that time God told King Saul to attack the Amalekites and completely destroy them all. His exact words were "Do not spare them." That went for all the people, all their livestock, and all their possessions.

What did King Saul do? He did attack and wipe out all the people, except for King Agag. Oh, and the best of all the livestock. Actually it literally says "everything that was good." So basically King Saul kept what he wanted, desired, and destroyed everything else. It might not seem like that big of a deal, especially when he reasoned "I was gonna sacrifice all this to the Lord." But God didn't ask for a sacrifice. He asked for obedience. This was direct disobedience to God's command. This was the beginning of the end for Saul. After this moment, David was anointed and the spirit of God left Saul. He was on his way out.

The think that struck me was that Saul actually thought he was being obedient. When Samuel confronted Saul claims "I have carried out the Lord's instructions." To which Samuel replies "What then is the bleating of sheep in my ear?"

I think we've all been there. We know what we are supposed to do, but we reason what we want to do. Who will it hurt? What difference will it make? No one will notice? It's not that big of a deal? But the thing about obedience is that it's always a big deal to God. Disobedience to God claims God's spot in our lives. We claim to know more and better than God. It's as my friend Martin would say, "It's failure to understand the creator/creations distinction." Then he would say "Read Romans 9." Martin would be right (As much as I hate to admit it). God knows his role. We're the ones that need to understand our place in all of this. God is the parent. We're the kids. Better pick up "ALL" those clothes.


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