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Obedience Not Sacrifice

It seemed like a good idea.  I mean how could it be wrong?  The animals that were kept alive would be use to worship God.  There would be a large number of sacrifices later that day to glorify God.  On top of this the animals used would not just be any animals, but rather they were the best!  Yes, the Lord would be pleased.

Such, however was not the case.  Instead of being pleased the Lord was angry.  The decision to save animals for sacrifice would forever altar the nation of Israel. You see the story is that of King Saul.  He was commanded by God to kill all the Amalekites including their livestock.  However, he decided that it was better to save animals to sacrifice than it was to obey God.  He was wrong.  He allowed fear and the influence of others to keep him from following God’s commands and felt that worship would cover up his sinfulness. He learned the lesson we have to lesson:  that it is better to obey than to sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

So today will you obey, or will you succumb to fear and the influence of others and hope that God will still be pleased?



  1. If you love me then keep my commandments Jesus instructs us. I think that goes against our sin nature. We want to love on our own terms and make it up with a “sacrifice” later on if things don’t go as planned.

  2. Hi Wesley, I don’t read your blog that often, but this one I had to look at after your facebook mention of the title. My ladies’ class at my church here in Knoxville read Deuteronomy 28 yesterday. I think it gives a very very clear idea of God’s opinion of obedience versus disobedience, and even though it is regarding Old Testament rules, chances are God never ceases to have these same opinions on the concept of obedience.

  3. Wesley

    December 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Doug–Without a doubt our selfishness is a real problem in our wanting to submit to Jesus. We believe fictitiously that we our job is to appease God through offering Him stuff, in place of ourselves.

    Alice–Thanks for the comment and feel free to read often. We update at least twice daily. Hope things are going well for you and Mark.

  4. Great devotional thought! This passage really hits the religious world today between the eyes. “There’s a way that seems right unto a man…” Thanks Wesley!

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