neglecting or refusing to obey; not submitting; refractory.
insubordinate, contumacious, defiant, rebellious, unsubmissive, uncompliant.
obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority
compliant, docile, tractable, yielding, deferential, respectful.
🙂 I love the sound of CONTUMACIOUS. I’ll use it somewhere in this writing. WOW- another action word. (See my Being a Christian post– To Do)
May I add that being OBEDIENT is also one of many fundamentals that are necessary for a Christian to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Ok, let’s bake some muffins and start the coffee.
More than once in our lifetime we have been a disobedient people. For most, disobedience is too innumerable to be tracked with the human brain. Ah, but here’s the whistle from the tea kettle, along with the unnoticed elephant in a middle of a room full of snakes….God knows the number of times we have been disobedient before we even admit it to ourselves. Again, let me use Adam as our prime example. We know when we have been disobedient. What are the first two things a person does? Cover up and hide. Since I am using Adam as the scapegoat, read Genesis 3-7-11
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (covered up) And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
When we are disobedient or contumacious, we do as Adam did. Maybe it’s a generational gene thing. These steps always take place when being disobedient: Cover Up, Hide, Plot, Cause Distance, Depression, Defensiveness, and Hit Rock Bottom.
When we are obedient we become a totally different being. The steps of becoming obedient are: Confession, Correction, and Compliancy. Only 3 steps, as far as I’m concerned. It takes less steps to be obedient than it does to be disobedient. Are you with me? Hold on! I’m mixing the muffin batter.
Jesus Christ was obedient to God. A great example of this is while Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane. I want you to understand this through my eyes if that’s ok.
For your reading pleasure, read Mark 14:33-42.
Jesus confessed to James, John, and Peter, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death…” Jesus walked on a bit farther in the garden and fell on the ground and prayed that if it were possible, the hour of death might pass from him His prayer- “Abba , Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me; nevertheless now that I will, but with Thou Will. .( Confession and Correction)
Jesus prayed again to know his Father’s will, received an answer, that the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Knowing this and having faith in His Father, he told James, John, and Peter to rise and let’s go, I’m ready, and complied with the will of God. (Compliancy)
Let’s throw in some Hebrews Chapter 5:7-8 (NAS version) It’s coffee prep time, grinding the beans now. 🙂 Smells good!
In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
We all know what it means to hurt, and majority of the time we keep in in, and confess to noone. Knowing and feeling something that you think will separate you from God or love one, you too will feel sorrowful just as Jesus did.
Through prayer he was able to correct his thoughts, receive an answer, and do God’s will. Jesus was highly blessed above all because of His obedience to God that He gracefully sits at the Right Hand of God awaiting your arrival.
Two others were highly blessed because of their obedience… Enoch and Elijah. They even bypassed death. Whose authority allowed them to bypass death, when Adams’ sin of contumaciousness guaranteed death to all? Enoch enjoyed the blessing of walking with God because he pleased God. God took him away from this life. I don’t think he complained, but what do I know. Yes indeed he is up there walking and Elijah is riding a chariot.
Back to Hebrews: 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death ; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
Did you know Enoch’s dad Jared (see gene chart on Father’s day post, from the loins of Adam‘s third son Seth) died when he was 962 years old. Lord have mercy, “I hope you don’t mind, let me clear my throat” (old song)
And Enoch loins at the age of 65 produced Methuselah, who was recorded in the bible as being the oldest living human being. Lookie here in Genesis 5!
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Please read Jude 1:14-15. You may also want to read The Book of Enoch.
Now Elijah was very obedient. It appears no one else would take on or was qualified enough to complete the job. When God chose the right one for Himself, notice that person is immediately obedient and never sez or utters the word ‘no‘. God told him to confront Ahab who worshipped Baal, and was the most RUTHLESS and had the most RUTHLESS pard named Jezebel. Elijah had to dance the tango not with just one, but with two. That was a lot of stepping on toes going on. And you know how we get when we feel we are being stepped on when told to do right. We rebel because of disobedience. Don’t lie. It’s in our nature. Read 1Kings19
Elijah was taken away in a whirlwind in a chariot because of his obedience to God. He must still be riding that chariot of fire in Heaven lighting up the streets paved with gold keeping them refined by fire. Silly Me! 🙂 😛
So far are you in agreement that being obedient, you receive great things and that the consequences of being obedient are being highly favored and blessed by God? The muffins are almost ready….
God tells us first in by giving us the coffee beans to grind in
Exodus19:5- Now therefore if you obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the Earth is mine.
Moses reiterates it… prepares the coffee and adds the crème and sugar
Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day. “ “And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
And in Isaiah 1:19-20, Isaiah stirs the crème and sugar by reminding us that
“If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
“For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
And Jesus verifies it in Revelations 22…He even holds the cup for you to drink the coffee.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Let’s wrap it up! The muffins are ready to eat and the coffee is ready to drink. God, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, and I worked well together to feed you muffins and coffee….don’t ya think? 🙂 Let me confirm what blessings you receive by being obedient instead of being contumacious while on this side of Jordan. Be obedient to receive and enjoy your earthly blessings so that you can enjoy your heavenly blessings.
Deuteronomy 28: 1-61 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.