Thursday, October 18th - Evening
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. - 1 Samuel 15:22
— Morning & Evening, with Charles Spurgeon Devotionals
Saul had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view of offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that sacrifices were no excuse for an act of direct rebellion. The sentence before us is worthy to be printed in letters of gold, and to be hung up before the eyes of the present idolatrous generation, who are very fond of the fineries of will-worship, but utterly neglect the laws of God. Be it ever in your remembrance, that to keep strictly in the path of your Saviour's command is better than any outward form of religion; and to hearken to His precept with an attentive ear is better than to bring the fat of rams, or any other precious thing to lay upon His altar. If you are failing to keep the least of Christ's commands to His disciples, I pray you be disobedient no longer. All the pretensions you make of attachment to your Master, and all the devout actions which you may perform, are no recompense for disobedience. "To obey," even in the slightest and smallest thing, "is better than sacrifice," however pompous. Talk not of Gregorian chants, sumptuous robes, incense, and banners; the first thing which God requires of His child is obedience; and though you should give your body to be burned, and all your goods to feed the poor, yet if you do not hearken to the Lord's precepts, all your formalities shall profit you nothing. It is a blessed thing to be teachable as a little child, but it is a much more blessed thing when one has been taught the lesson, to carry it out to the letter. How many adorn their temples and decorate their priests, but refuse to obey the word of the Lord! My soul, come not thou into their secret.
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1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJB) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Matthew 5:48 (KJB) Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Hebrews 7:18-19 (KJB) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Galatians 2:16 (KJB) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 3:2 (KJB) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:24 (KJB) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Great Bible Verses about Grace
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. –Galatians 5:18 (KJB)
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: –Romans 3:24 (KJB)
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. –John 1:17 (KJB)
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. –Galatians 2:21 (KJB)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. –Titus 2:11 (KJB)
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. –2 Peter 3:18 (KJB)