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    "What is the matter, my man?" he asked.

    "I am sorry, Sir," Pierre answered. "It was my house - everything I had in the world!"

    How did Pierre's behavior reflect true obedience? What lesson can this example from natural life teach us spiritually? What "treasures" does the Lord command us to destroy?

Obedience is also difficult when a person does not understand an authority's reasoning or why he is requiring something. Yet God's command is not to obey only when a person understands why, but to obey. We are called to honor the judgment of those placed in authority over us; we demonstrate this by respecting their judgment when we do not personally understand it.

    "Don't touch or eat any of those!" Ellen's father warns her, pointing to a glass jar of rat poison pellets.

    After her father leaves, Ellen studies the candy-like pellets. They look delicious. She removes the lid and smells them. They smell sweet. She cannot understand what would be wrong with her eating a few "candies."

    If Ellen honors her father's authority, she will trust and follow his judgment; if she disobeys, she will trust and follow her own judgment.

    How is sin a trusting and following of our own judgments rather than God's?

How does self-sacrifice test the depth of one's obedience? How was the depth of Abraham's obedience severely tested?


By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.

Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

- Hebrews 11:8, 17-19


How does spiritual disobedience produce bitter results?

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