Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. – I Samuel 15:22.
This week the message is clearly seen in our reading. We need to decide daily to be obedient to God. From the reading this week we can find how disobedience affected Moses and Aaron. At the same time we can see how obedience rewarded Joshua, Caleb, and Elijah.
When we read Acts 2 we need to understand that our obedience now is paramount to the Spirits nudges and calls to obedience whether or not you understand at the time what the He is saying. Jesus told Nicodemus you must be born again of water and Spirit.
In the same way, we must be born again of the Spirt and then begin the journey of obedience to his voice. The Spirit is gentle so carefully examine your response when you hear his voice speaking to you. Remember what I Kings 19:1,2 says, “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but theLord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”
To obey is better than sacrifice, I don’t need your money, I want your life. And I hear you say that I’m coming back soon, But you act like I’ll never return. Well you speak of grace and my love so sweet, How you thrive on milk,but reject my meat, And I can’t help weeping of how it will be,If you keep on ignoring my words. Well you pray to prosper and succeed, But your flesh is something I just can’t feed. To obey is better than sacrifice. I want more than Sunday and Wednesday nights, Cause if you can’t come to me every day, Then don’t bother coming at all. Lah, lah,lah….To obey is better than sacrifice. I want hearts of fire, not your prayers of ice. And I’m coming quickly, to give back to you, According to what you have done, According to what you have done, According to what you have done. – Keith Green
Questions for Reflection:
- How does Acts 2 fit into your understanding of this weeks reading?
- Why so many duties of sacrificial offerings?
- Will you choose obedience like Elijah?
- Can you see how disobedience in the case of Moses left him outside the promise land?
- Does obedience ring true to you when it comes to the Spirit of God?
- When Joshua was chosen by God did you notice that the scriptures say the Spirit was in him. Have you come to the knowledge of the fact that the Spirit of God desires to make his Home inside of you?