What if God had asked you to build the Ark? Or, asked that you hover your staff above the Red Sea to perform one of the most talked about miracles in the Bible? Would you have been obliging and even attempted it? In the stories of Noah building the ark (see Genesis 6 – 9) and Moses parting the Red Sea (see Exodus 14:21) we see unadulterated obedience. In Noah’s case, he was mocked and even considered to be foolish, warning the people of 40 days of rain – an occurrence that Earth had never experienced. In the story of the parting of the Red Sea, Moses faced possible death by the hand of Pharaoh’s army or obedience to God. Thankfully, both men in these stories chose obedience!
In 1 Samuel 15, the Bible paints a very clear picture of how the Lord views obedience. “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offering and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…(1 Samuel 15:22).” This particular text refers to Saul’s disobedience. The Lord had guaranteed Saul’s defeat of the Amalekites under the orders of Saul and Israel utterly destroying all that the Amalekites had, leaving no remnant of the enemy behind. However, Saul, thinking he knew better than God, decided to keep the best of the Amalekites plunder (1 Samuel 15:9). To say he made a bad choice is an understatement! To be continued.