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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|MAY 6, 2018
|MAY 13, 2018
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|MAY 27, 2018
|JUNE 3, 2018
“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam. 15:22)
God’s instructions to King Saul were clear enough. Slay the Amalekites and destroy all their possessions. All
of them. Don’t take any spoil. But Saul spared King Agag and the choicest of the sheep, oxen, fatlings and
When Samuel met Saul in the morning at Gilgal, Saul confidently announced that he had done exactly what
the Lord commanded. But at that very moment, a barnyard choir began its oratorio-sheep bleating and oxen
lowing. Very embarrassing!
Samuel wanted to know, of course, how the sheep were bleating if Saul had killed them all. The King then
tried to cover his disobedience by blaming the people and by excusing them on religious grounds. He said,
“The people spared the best of the sheep and oxen to sacrifice to the Lord.”
It was then he heard God’s prophet thunder out the convicting words, “Behold, to obey is better than
sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry.”
Obedience is more important than rituals, sacrifices and offerings. I heard once of a family who treated their
mother with cool contempt and disobedience during her lifetime. But when she died, they dressed her corpse
in a Dior original. A despicable and futile attempt to atone for years of rebellion and discourtesy!
We often hear people defending an unscriptural position or unscriptural associations on the ground that they
can have a wider influence in this way. But God is not deceived by such specious rationalizations. He wants
our obedience—He will take care of our sphere of influence. The truth is that when we are disobedient, our
influence is negative. Only when we are walking in fellowship with the Lord can we exert a godly influence on
William Gurnall said, “Sacrifice without obedience is sacrilege.” And it becomes even worse when we cloke
our disobedience with some pious, religious excuse. God is not hoodwinked.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11
a.m. Family Bible Hour on Sunday, May 27,
2018. Along with his wife Helen he served as a
missionary in Brazil for 35 years. The Helen
Leticia Pierce Christian Schools may be seen at
www.escolacrista.com Floyd serves as an
elder and Sunday School teacher in the adult
class that currently studies the Gospel of John.
They have three grown children and many
foster children in Brazil. They are grandparents
to nine grandchildren and seven great grand
children. They offer free Bible correspondence
courses in English and Portuguese at this site.