Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. – Genesis 3:22-24 ESV
Man used to walk with God before the fall. In the Garden of Eden it was the choice; do we choose to do it our way- lawlessness, or we do we choose to succumb to the Will of God, to do it God’s way? Man’s original sin was disobedience, living like there is no God. In his great book, “Undercover”, John Bevere puts it succinctly. Adam’s sin was so egregious that it went through the veins of all of men kind. It became part of our DNA! Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—(Romans 5:12) What did Adam do that was so bad? He didn’t jump into bed with a woman- or a man, he didn’t smoke a joint, he didn’t vote for Trump. Disobedience is when you know you should do something different, and you could do something different and you don’t do something different, Disobedience. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. 1 Samuel 15:23
Leader, God doesn’t want our sacrifice as much as He wants us to demonstrate our Faith and our Love through OBEDIENCE. But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 When we’re not succumbing to the Will and Way of God- that is disobedience, and God calls that SIN. Saul lost his kingdom because of his disobedience to God. He had partial obedience to God, but the bleating of the sheep and the breath of the King, were clear indications of partial obedience. To God, partial obedience is disobedience. “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle. … And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”- Numbers 20:8,11-12
Conduit, Moses did not enter the Promise Land because of what he did. What did he do that was so bad for as him to not be able to complete the 40-year journey? He struck the rock, instead of speaking to the rock- that’s the ascetic biblical answer, but what he did was disobedience, to which is lawlessness to God. Jesus said it, God the Father said it and if God said it, He meant it! Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:23-24) Eve did not know the Word of God, she heard it from Adam. The lack of firsthand knowledge of the WORD of GOD, led her to doubt what God really said. If you don’t know God’s WORD, then you too might be walking in disobedience. However, when you know HIS WORD, because you study HIS WORD, then you can WALK IN HIS WILL. This should be our daily prayer to our LORD; Father God, guide my words, my action and my heart. Let your will be my will, let your way be my way, let your words be my words? We ask this in Jesus precious name. Amen.