August 5th, 2016
Are You Familiar with These Words?
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. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (1 Samuel 15:22-23 KJV)
These two verses are filled with a few important “fifty cent words” every Christian needs to understand. People who profess a relationship with Christ must recognize these words in their heart and mind and properly apply in their life.
The words are: burnt offerings, sacrifices, obedience, hearken, rebellion, stubbornness, and idolatry.
Burnt offerings and sacrifices are offerings, in part, in whole, and by freewill as directed or led by God. Obedience is readily complying with the will of God because man desires in his heart to please Him. Samuel has been inspired to reveal that burnt offerings and sacrifice are good, but obedience, or following the will of God is of greater importance. The prophet Samuel was inspired to record that to obey is better than to sacrifice to God. A person can give to God what he desires to part with but his free will or generosity may not line up with God’s will.
An area of a person’s life which does not line up with God’s will is in opposition or in disobedience to Him.
To hearken is to heed the voice of God which directs man into spiritual action. Hearken is not simply hearing and choosing to ignore the direction God has given.
Rebellion is to hear and act in an opposing or opposite direction from that which God has led. It running towards the sin of witchcraft and spiritual enchantments and away from the holiness and righteousness of God.
Stubbornness is to resist or stiffen up upon hearing God’s direction rather than eagerly heeding His will.
Idolatry is to place a person, place, or object in front of, or as more important than God. Many people place their family, jobs, their own desires, and things of this world in front of spiritual things of God.
God directs that He must come first, before any other thing, in the professing Christian’s life. Obedience to God produces spiritual fruit and blessings while ignoring and rejecting Him brings disobedience and detriment.