Obedience

February 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Obedience is a problematic concept for many people, because of the modern sensitivity for the equality of all people and the possibility of the abuse by the powerful.  And yet, it is a central concept in understanding our place in relationship to God.  Psalm 119:1-8 begin with the words “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord” (119:1), and it refer to obedience three times (119:4, 5, 8).  It is recited at the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, the Spring festival observed fifty days after Passover, which celebrates the giving of the Torah to Moses at the Mount Sinai.  And it refers to walking the journey of life in God’s prescribed path.  Obedience, then, has the meaning of not wavering from the path prescribed by God.  In this sense, obedience is not so much about following a strict set of rules and regulations, but rather a way of life that brings one closer to God.  God graciously gives us the directions for walking the journey of life, and obedience it to willingly follow that path.  It is an illusion to think that obedience is an option in life.  We always choose to walk down some path.  The only question is which one and according to whose directions.

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