You’re Missing the Point (Obedience)

By Pastor Alex Ruelo

Obedience is compliance with an order, request or law or submission to another’s authority. It is so broad but it only has one destination. In the Old Testament, the general concept of obedience is hearing or hearkening to a higher authority. According to Holman’s Illustrated Bible, obedience is to hear God’s word and act accordingly. After you hear God’s word, you will act accordingly by doing what He asked. Biblical obedience is to hear, trust, submit and surrender to God’s and His word. This means saying, “I will listen to what God is saying.”

In Genesis 2: 15, is says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” This is the first command given to man. Eat everything of any tree except for the tree i the middle of the garden. The original design of God for man is that he should not have a difficult life. There was not supposed to be a virus, no sickness and not even death. Nobody was even supposed to work! As long as they obeyed God’s simple command to not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The problem is temptation and the hard-headedness of man. In John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” And this is exactly what happened. The enemy came to the Garden of Eden and stole God’s gifts to Adam and Eve, and their spirit died.