Importance of Obedience

How does God regard obedience to His word? "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22.

To what are rebellion and stubbornness likened? "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." 1 Samuel 1:23.

What excuse did Saul make for his disobedience? "I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words; because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice." 1 Samuel 15:24.

How strictly does God require His commandments to be kept? "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." Deuteronomy 4:2.

Who was sent from Judah to Bethel with a message from God? "And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense." 1 Kings 13:1.

What did king Jeroboam invite the man to do? "And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward." 1 Kings 13:7.

What reply did he return to the king? "If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place; for so was it charged me by the word of the Lord." 1 Kings 13:8, 9.

Who also dwelt at Bethel? "Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel." 1 Kings

What did this old prophet say to the man of God? "Then he said unto. him, Come home with me, and eat bread." 1 Kings 13:15.

After hearing his refusal, and the reason for it, what did he say to the man of God? "He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water, But he lied unto him." 1 Kings 13:18.

What effect did this persuasive statement have upon him?" So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water." 1 Kings 13:19.

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