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The Dangers of Partial Obedience to the Lord

It began in Genesis. Cain and his brother Abel both brought an offering before the Lord. The sacrifice of Abel, who brought the firstborn of his flocks and of their fat portions, the Lord regarded. However, the sacrifice of Cain- who presented fruits from the ground, the Lord rejected. 


Thus, causing the countenance of Cain to fall. Aware of the change in Cain’s attitude, the Lord warns him that if he does not do well, sin will be crouching at his door desiring to have him but he must rule over it. Shortly after, Cain kills his own brother.

 

It’s easy to look at the story of Cain and not understand how something that was rectifiable, ended up in the horrific murder of a sibling. However, the truth is that when we ignore the Word of the Lord, we set ourselves up for catastrophe and can potentially cause harm to others.

 

So today, let us glance upon God’s Word and begin to pluck out the roots of jealousy, bitterness and unbelief in our lives. Understanding that disobedience to His Word, can and will result in unfavourable circumstances and our own downfall. 

 

King Saul

 

King Saul was chosen by God after Israel desired a King. He started off seemingly well, being victorious in a few of Israel’s battles. However, Saul did not fully trust in the Lord and as a result of this, he compromised the Lord’s command.

 

Throughout his reign as King, Saul was impatient- offering a sacrifice for himself, in violation of God’s Law (1 Samuel 13). He was defiant- disobeying the Lord’s command to go to war with the Amalekites and destroy everything, sparing nothing. He deemed it acceptable to keep what seemed good, in his own sight; believing that following most of the Lord's command was sufficient(1 Samuel 15). Later on in Scripture, we even witness him consulting mediums- something the Lord forbids His people to do.

 

Saul spiralled into a web of destruction, whilst his predecessor King David was raised up. King David was described as a man after God’s own heart. A man, who boldly obeyed the command of the Lord and when he fell short, it grieved him to his inner core. He would wait upon God’s timing continuously, not usurping the authority of Saul; despite the fact that he was called to be King.

 

In 1 Samuel Chapter 18, we witness David being successful in every mission Saul assigned him to. He was so successful, that Saul promoted him to a higher rank in the army. Verse 6 tells us that when the men returned home after David killed the Philistine, the Jewish women sang: ‘Saul has slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands’. Upon hearing this, Saul became very angry and from that day onward, he kept a close eye on David. Later, attempting to kill him.

 

The Lesson

 

So, what can we take away from this?

 

Just like Cain, Saul was deeply angered by witnessing the praise of another. This anger festered deep within, to the point that he wished to torment David and even see him dead.

 

The truth of the matter is, how can we expect the Lord to bless our partial obedience? The easiest thing to do, is to look at others and be jealous or angry by what they’re doing or have done; causing strife amongst brothers and sisters. So it is important that we examine our hearts, against Scripture. Where have we been disobedient to the command of the Lord in our lives? What instruction have we left half-done? How seriously do we take God’s word? Do we really trust God? Is He truly Lord in our life? Or like Saul, do we think we can use our own discernment, on His instruction.

 

The Prayer

 

The prayer for our lives is this:

Oh Lord, forgive us for our iniquity!

Forgive us for when we have not fully obeyed Your commands.

Create in us, a heart of total obedience to Your Word.

Help us to be like David, who delighted in Your Word and rejoiced in Your precepts!

May we be faithful in all things.

In Jesus Name. Amen

The Sacrifice Of Thanksgiving- The Wilderness
 

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