The key to a life of obedience is relationship. Therefore, to require obedience in the absence of any relationship is to provoke rebellion. Our obedience to God is stimulated by our relationship with Him.
Adults or Children who’ve been emotionally or physically abused will have difficulty trusting any kind of authority. It’s been said ,“Hurt people–hurt people.’
Therefore, to mend the brokenness we must first establish relationship. Before we can help someone that person needs to know that you understand what and how they feel. If you can’t relate, then it’s difficult to communicate.
The Bible says, “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15). Truly, no one understands or cares for us like Jesus. God’s eternal plan in sacrificing his son was to establish relationship with his creation. The Bible says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
When Pharaoh, the king of Egypt was asked to “let the people go that they may serve God” he responded… “Who is this God and why should I obey his voice?” (Exodus 5:2). Pharaoh had never heard of the true and living God.
But, as Moses prepared to meet Pharaoh, he asked, whom should I say hath sent me? The Lord replied, “I am that I am.” Meaning—I am whatever you need me to be.
The Egyptians worshiped several gods, including Pharaoh–who thought himself to be a god, above all the gods of Egypt. Obviously, he had never met the God, whom Moses encountered at the-burning-bush. When Moses made mention of another God, this was a challenge he could not pass up.
Request and rules without relationship only provoke rebellion, and the king of Egypt would not back down.
At some point in all our lives, we must come to that place of a divine encounter with the God of the universe. He’s the sovereign God of all flesh–creator of all the ends of the earth, for it’s in him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28).
Until then, our lives will be shallow, void of purpose and meaning, filled with unbelief, fear, and doubt.
But oh! When we like Jacob are left alone to wrestle all night; we will never be the same—even our names will be changed. (Genesis 32: 24-30).
I think about Gideon who. In-spite of his meekness and weakness, when he met God, he became a mighty man of valor. (Judges 6:12).
How about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who refused to bow and were thrown into the fiery furnace. But there was a “Fourth Man.” (Daniel 3:24-25)
We can’t forget Daniel, though thrown in the lions’ den; God shut the mouth of the hungry lion, and Daniel was able to sleep–the lion was his pillow. (Daniel 6:22).
Furthermore, in every book of the Bible, God glory and presence is revealed… God’s in Every Book of the Bible:
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Genesis: The Seed of the Woman Messiah would be born of the seed of a woman (Gen 3:15, Luke 1:34-35)
Messiah would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob (Gen 12:3, 17:19, 28:14, Luke 3:23-34)
Messiah would be a king in the line of Judah (Gen 49:10, John 1:49)
Typified in the person of Melchizedek (Gen 14:18)
The life of Isaac – the sacrificed son (Gen 22)
The life of Joseph – the rejected brother (Gen 37)
Exodus: The Passover Lamb Typified in the life of Moses – the Deliverer
The Passover Lamb (Ex 12, John 1:29,36)
The Manna from Heaven (Ex 16, John 6)
The Rock struck at Horeb (Ex 17, 1 Cor. 10:4)
The Tabernacle (Brazen Altar, Lampstand, Table of Showbread, Ark of the covenant etc) (Gen 25-30)
Leviticus: The High Priest Typified in the sacrifices and offerings (Lev 1-7)
In the Jewish festivals (Passover, Atonement, Lev 16, 23)
In the scapegoat (Lev 16:7-9)
In the person and duties of the High Priest (Lev 16)
Numbers: The Cloud and The Fire Messiah would be a King (Numbers 24:17)
Typified by the bronze serpent (Num 21:8-9)
The Water from the Rock (Num 20)
Deuteronomy: The Prophet Like Moses Messiah will be a prophet (Deut 18:15-19, John 6:14)
Messiah would be worshipped by angels (Deut 32:43, Luke 2:13-14)
Typified in the cities of refuge (Deut 4:41)
Joshua: The Captain of Our Salvation Typified in the person of Joshua (our leader into the promised land)
In the Promised Land
In the Commander of the Army (Josh 5:13-15)
Judges: The Judge And Lawgiver Typified in the Judges (for He is true Judge of the living and the dead)
Ruth: The Kinsman Redeemer Messiah would be a descendant of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:12-17)
Typified in the life of Boaz – The Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 2:1)
1 & 2 Samuel: The Prophet of The Lord Messiah exalted by God with power (1 Sam 2:10, Matt 28:18)
Messiah would be a descendant of David (2 Sam 7:12-16, Matt 1:1)
Messiah would be the ‘Rock’ (2 Sam 23:2-3, 1 Cor 10:4)
Typified in the life of David – The King in Exile (1 Sam 22)
The life of Jonathan – the faithful friend (1 Sam 18:1-4)
1 & 2 Kings: The Reigning King Typified in the life of Solomon (the Millennial Reign)
In the life and miracles of the prophet Elisha (multiplying bread 2 Kings 4:42, healing leper 2 Kings 5)
1 & 2 Chronicles: The Glorious Temple Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah (1 Chron 5:2, Luke 3:23-32)
Typified in Solomon’s temple
In the Wisdom of Solomon: (2 Chron 9:22)
Ezra: The Faithful Scribe Typified in the person of Zerubbabel, the rebuilder of the temple (Ezra 4)
Nehemiah: The Rebuilder of the Walls Typified in the person of Nehemiah, the rebuilder of the walls of salvation
Esther: Mordecai Typified in the person of Mordecai
Job: The Dayspring From on High Typified in the sufferings of Job and the blessings that would follow
Psalms: The Lord Who Is Our Shepherd Messiah would be the Son of God (Ps 2:7, 12, Matt 17:5)
Messiah would be resurrected (Ps 16:8-10, Acts 13:30-37)
Messiah would be despised & crucified (Ps 22:6-8, 14, Luke 23:21-23, Matt 27:35)
Messiah would be hated without cause (Ps 69:4, Luke 23:13-22)
Messiah would be Lord, seated at the right hand of God (Ps 110:1,5, 1 Pet 3:21-22)
Messiah would be in the line of Melchizedek (Ps 110:4, Heb 6:17-20)
Messiah would be the ‘stone’ rejected by the Jews (Ps 118:22, Matt 21:42-43)
Key Messianic Psalms: Chapters 2, 8, 16, 22, 45, 69, 89, 109, 110, 118
Proverbs & Ecclesiastes: The Wisdom of God Messiah would be from everlasting (Prov 8:22-23, John 17:5)
Messiah would be the Son of God (Prov 30:4, Matt 3:16-17)
Typified in the Wisdom of God (Prov 8:22-31)
Song of Solomon: The Lover & Bridegroom Typified in the Bridegroom’s love for, and marriage to, the bride
Isaiah: The Suffering Servant Messiah would be born of a virgin (Is 7:14, Luke 1:34-35)
Messiah would be Immanuel “God with us” (Is 7:14, Matt 1:21-23)
Messiah would be God and Man (Is 9:6, John 10:30)
Messiah would have the 7-fold Spirit upon Him (Is 11:1-2, Matt 3:16-17)
Messiah would heal the blind, lame, deaf (Is 35:5-6, Mark 10:51-52)
Messiah would be proceeded by a forerunner (Is 40:3, Luke 1:17)
Messiah would be a light to the Gentiles (Is 42:6, John 8:12)
Messiah would be despised by the Jewish nation (Is 49:7, John 10:20, Matt 27:23)
Messiah would be whipped and beaten (Is 50:6, Matt 26:67, 27:26)
Messiah would die as a guilt offering for sin (Is 53:10, John 18:11)
Messiah would be resurrected and live forever (Is 53:10, Mark 16:16)
Jeremiah & Lamentations: The Weeping Prophet Messiah would be God (Jer 23:6, John 13:13)
Messiah would be a righteous Branch (Jer 23:5)
Messiah would be our righteousness (Jer 23:6, 1 Cor 1:30)
Ezekiel: The Son of Man Messiah would be a descendant of David (Ez 34:23-24, Matt 1:1)
Daniel: The Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven Messiah would be ‘a son of man’ given an everlasting kingdom (Dan 7:13-14, Luke 1:31-34)
Messiah would come 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (Dan 9:25, John 12:12-23)
Messiah would be killed (Dan 9:26, Matt 27:35)
Revealed as the ‘stone’ (and His kingdom) that smashes the kingdoms of the world (Dan 2:34,44)
Typified in the 4th man in the fiery furnace – one like ‘the son of gods’ (Dan 3:25)
Hosea: The Bridegroom Typified in Hosea’s faithfulness to his adulterous wife (Hos 3)
Joel: The Baptizer With The Holy Spirit Messiah will offer salvation to all mankind (Joel 2:32, Rom 10:12-13)
Messiah would baptize people with the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)
Amos: The Burden Bearer God would darken the day at noon during Messiah’s death (Amos 8:9, Matt 27:45-46)
Obadiah: The Mighty Savior
Jonah; The Forgiving God Typified in Jonah being 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a fish (Jon 1:17, Matt 12:40)
Micah: The Messenger With Beautiful Feet Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2, Matt 2:1-2)
Messiah would be from everlasting (Mic 5:2, Rev:1-8)
Nahum: The Avenger of God’s Elect
Habakkuk: The Great Evangelist, Crying For Revival Messiah would come from Teman at His return, full of glory (Hab 3:3)
Typified in the life of Habakkuk (his intercession and prayer for his people)
Zephaniah: The Restorer of the Remnant
Haggai: The Cleansing Fountain Messiah would visit the 2nd temple (Hag 2:6-9, Luke 2:27-32)
Zechariah: The Pierced Son Messiah would be Priest and King (Zech 6:12-13, Heb 8:1)
Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech 9:9, Matt 21:6-9)
Messiah would be God (Zech 11:12-13, John 12:45)
Messiah would be pierced (Zech 12:10, John 19:34-37)
The Son of Righteousness Messiah would appear at the temple (Mal 3:1, Mark 11:15-16)
Messiah’s forerunner would come in the spirit of Elijah (Mat 4:5, Matt 3:1-2)
Matthew: The Messiah The Son of David (Matt 1:1)
The King of the Jews (Matt 2:2)
The Son of God (Matt 2:15).
The Bridegroom (Matt 9:15)
Mark: The Miracle Worker The Holy One of God (Mark 1:24)
The Servant (Mark 10:45)
The King of Israel (Mark 15:32)
Luke: The Son of Man The Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
The Consolation of Israel: (Luke 2:25).
John: The Son of God The Only Begotten Son: (John 1:14,18)
The Lamb of God (John 1:29,36)
The Bread of life (John 6:35)
The Light of the World (John 8:1)
The I AM! (John 8:58)
The Door of the Sheep: (John 10:7,9)
The Good Shepherd (John 10:11)
The Resurrection and life (John 11:25)
The Way, the Truth, the Life (John 14:6)
The True Vine (John 15:1)
Acts: The Ascended Lord The Prince of Life (Acts 3:15)
The Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
The Just One (Acts 7:52).
The Hope of Israel (Acts 28:20)
Romans: The Justifier The Rock of Offense (Romans 9:33)
The Deliverer (Romans 11:26)
The Lord of the dead and the living (Romans 14:9)
The Root of Jesse (Romans 15:12)
1 & 2 Corinthians: The Last Adam The First-fruits (1 Corinthians 15:23)
The Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45)
Galatians: The One Who Sets Us Free The Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 1:3)
Ephesians: The Christ of Riches The Head over All Things (Ephesians 1:22)
The Cornerstone: (Ephesians 2:20)
Philippians: The God Who Meets Our Every Need The Name above all names (Philippians 2:9)
Colossians: The Fullness of The Godhead The Image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15)
The Head of the body (Colossians 1:18)
The Beginning (Colossians 1:18)
The Firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18)
The Hope of Glory (Col 1:27)
1 & 2 Thessalonians: The Soon Coming King The Lord of Peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
1 & 2 Timothy: The Mediator Between God And Man The King of Ages (1 Timothy 1:17)
The Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5)
Titus: The Blessed Hope The Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13)
The Great God and Saviour (Titus 2:13)
Philemon: The Friend, Closer Than a Brother The Lord Jesus Christ (Philemon 3)
Hebrews: The Blood That Washes Away My Sins The Heir of All Things (Hebrews 1:2)
The Faithful High Priest (Hebrews 2:17)
The Author and Finisher of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2)
James: The Great Physician The Lord of Glory (James 2:1)
The Judge at the door (James 5:9)
1 & 2 Peter: The Chief Shepherd The Living Stone (1 Peter 2:4)
The Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)
1 & 2 & 3 John: Everlasting Love The Eternal Life (1 John 1:2)
The Righteous (1 John 2:1)
Jude: The God our Savior The Only Wise God our Savior (Jude 25)
Revelation: The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! The Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last: (Revelation 1:17, 22:13)
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5)
The Word of God (Revelation 19:13).
The King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16)
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Once again to answer the question…Who is God?...
He Is also known by these Hebrew names…
• Elohim- The Creator. (Genesis 1:1)
• Jehovah-The Lord God. (Genesis 2:7)
• Adonai– Lord and Master. (Genesis 18:3)
• El Shaddai– The source. (Genesis 17:1)
• Jehovah Jireh – The LORD our Provider. (Genesis 22:14)
• Jehovah Rapha – The LORD our Healer. (Exodus 15:26)
• Jehovah Nissi – The LORD our banner (Exodus 17:15)
• Jehovah Shalom – The LORD our peace. (Judges 6:24)
• Jehovah Rohi – The LORD our Shepherd. (Psalm 23)
• Jehovah Tsidkenu – The LORD our righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
• Jehovah Shama – The LORD is there. (Ezekiel 48:35)
• Jehovah Mikaddesh– The lord my sanctifier. (Leviticus 20:7-8)
So… Why Should We Obey Him?
Because… 1. In the beginning God…(Genesis 1:1) “We were made in his likeness; created in his Image, to worship him. (Genesis 1:27). Obedience is Christ-centered worship. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24).
2. Because we are his people and the sheep of his hands…” (Psalm 100:3) Sheep follow the shepherd. We may not always see him, through the maze of circumstances,(troubles, sickness, enemies, death, financial burdens). but if we can hear his voice–“My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.” (John 10:27). Are you sheep or goat?
3. The joy of every father is that his children listen and obey. (Jeremiah 7:23-24). Our Heavenly Father knows what’s best for his children. It breaks his heart to see us walking contrary to his will for our lives. (Romans 12:2).
4. Jesus says’ If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15).
5. Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46).
6. Because “God is not a man, he cannot lie; neither is he the son of man that he should repent. Hath he said it, and shall he not do it, or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good.” (Numbers 23:19).
“When God made the promise to Abraham because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself saying, surely blessing I will bless thee and multiplying I will multiply thee.” (Hebrews 6:13-14).
In Deuteronomy 28:1-14, he says’, “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you harken diligently to voice of the Lord thy God to observe and do all his commandments…”
7. Our Heavenly Father loves us. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man will lay down his life for his friends…” (John15:13).
8. Jesus said to the woman, “Neither Do I Condemn Thee, Go And Sin No More.” (John 8:11). “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
9. “…Without me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
10. Because it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, your heavenly father is waiting to welcome you home.
Like the prodigal son in (Luke 15: 11-24). The father knew that one day his son would come to himself. “I will arise and go to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee…
The father said bring hither the fatted calf, let us eat and be merry, for this my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found and they began to make merry.”
Don’t be another Pharaoh, who in his rebellion, and stubbornness suffered much pain and agony even the death of his firstborn. Instead, like the prodigal son—get up, get out, and come on home. Your Heavenly Father is waiting, with arms wide open.