… or is it just a suggestion?
I was trying to explain just how bad disobedience is to my children when it hit me like a brick what the first ever act of disobedience, after the first ever lie told, did to this world. Genesis 3:1-7
It seems that disobedience follows lies, which make us believe that we don’t have to obey.
God told them not to eat from the tree else they would die; Satan sneakily lied and hinted to them that God was hiding something from them and that they wouldn’t really die; so the fruit was eaten and the first sin entered the world, which we now know the effects of.
‘Does God really say we will die if we disobey’? Well, look what happened to Adam and Eve! They brought sin into the world with their single act of disobedience and we now live in a fallen world.
Whether or not they repented and ended up in heaven I am not sure. But even if they did, it still hasn’t changed the world back to how it was. We still suffer for their disobedience.
When you think about disobedience like that, you can really see the gravity of it all.
Of course, God knew this was going to happen, which is why He had already planned, before He even created the world, to send His only Begotten Son, who knew no sin, into this world as the ultimate sacrifice, so we could be redeemed and reconciled with God.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.“ Philippians 2:8
**If even Jesus was obedient, why do we think we don’t have to be?!
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14,15
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16
There are many, many more verses about obedience and disobedience, but I won’t put them all here. You can look them up yourself. 😉