Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

In the book of 1 Samuel, God told King Saul to utterly destroy King Agag and the Amalekites, including all of their livestock, and destroy all of their belongings. Saul, however, took it upon himself to take the best livestock and keep King Agag prisoner as a trophy. He did not do exactly as the Lord told him to do, and it cost him his kingship. (1 Samuel 15). The word of the Lord through Samuel was,

“Behold, to obey is better than a sacrifice, and to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.”

While Saul is the model of what NOT to do, Jesus is our example of what TO do. Scripture tells us that the reason for the name of Jesus being above all names is not because he created all things, but because he was obedient to do the will of the father, even to death on the cross.

Have this attitude [e]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be [f]grasped, but [g]emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and[h]being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death [i]on a cross. 9 For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

Something to think about, and don’t forget to read Psalms and Proverbs. May the Lord bless you my friends!

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