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Will You Choose to Disobey or Will You Choose to Obey?

Updated on November 2, 2017

Actions Have Consequences

Actions have consequences.

Bad choices result in consequences we do not like … AKA discipline.

When I was a young girl, I had to obey my parents. I was not forced to obey my parents, I had the choice- obey or not obey -but there were consequences for every choice I made. If I made the choice to obey, the consequence was all about being praised for a job well done or a special treat (i.e.-candy bar or something such as). If on the other hand, I made the choice to disobey, the consequences were what I did not like at all; sometimes a spanking, sometimes getting grounded, sometimes not getting to go to a friend’s house.

When I was first adopted, even at four years old, I felt that my whole world was out of control- new dad, new mom, only one sister (who was adopted with me) instead of me and her and three brothers, and new rules where there were no rules before. Before, I could walk across a busy city street and my brothers would get the punishment, not me. Before I could set my [birth] father on fire and my brothers would get the punishment, not me. Now, I could not go off on my own … ever. Now, I was told to pick up my toys, and had to stand in the corner if I said, “No!” There was a time when I had problems eating. Today, my mom and I can understand why I had such eating problems; it was because eating, or not eating in my case, gave me something I could control. At first, it was just refusing to eat what was placed in front of me at supper time. Then, I would start having gagging fits when my mom would set the table before cooking supper. My not eating and refusing to eat became a source of contention between my mom and me; remember, I was only four or five years old at this time. My mom asked the doctors, asked friends, asked anybody she knew to ask. The solution would be a consequence to me. If I didn’t want to eat what was for supper, I could have it cold for breakfast (pre-microwave days). Supper would have tasted good if I had eaten it while it was warm for supper; but, supper cold for breakfast the following morning did not sit well with me. It only took a few times for me to realize I did not like this consequence, and I changed my eating behavior so that I could have a warm supper for supper and my Corn Flakes for breakfast.

A History of Disobedience/Obedience

For ten generations of life, man(kind) became more and more corrupt; but, there was one man, Noach, who was a “righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with Elohim” (Genesis 6:9). Noach, along with his family, was saved because they chose to be worshipful versus being wicked … AKA obedience or disobedience.

The Israelites involved themselves in adulterous idolatry as Moshe went up to Mount Sinai to bring back down the tablets of the Ten Commandments. Their consequence? The golden calf was broke into pieces, ground into a powder, mixed with water, and the Israelites were made to drink it. About three thousand people died in that day. --Exodus 32--

During the book of Judges (Sefer Shoftim), in the Old Testament, there was a rise and fall of a cycle of disobedience and obedience. For a time the Israelites would fall from the Law of Elohim, and He would allow them to be oppressed for a time. When the Israelites would realize the error of their wicked ways, they would cry out (ze’akah) to Elohim, and He would raise up a man or woman who would bring the Israelites back to the right path.

King David (David haMelech) indulged in an adulterous affair with Batsheva (Bathsheba), Batsheva became pregnant- often a consequence of sexual activity. To compound their disobedience to the covenant of marriage, David haMelech had Batsheva’s husband, Uriah, moved to a place on the battlefield where Uriah would surely be killed. No sin is ever hidden from Elohim, and David haMelech’s adultery with Batsheva was brought to David’s attention by the prophet Natan (Nathan). David haMelech confessed, repented, and was forgiven, but there was still a consequence to be had- the baby conceived of the adulterous affair died shortly after his birth. --2 Samuel 11-12--

And, the greatest consequence of disobedience for man(kind) is death … spiritual death … an eternal separation from YHVH if no confession is made and no [true] repentance is shown (teshuva) so that forgiveness can be given. Ha-ish ve ha-isha (the man and the woman), later called Adom ve Havah (Adam and Eve) chose to disobey the one rule they had in the Gan Eden (Garden of Eden); “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17). Today, we still have chosen to obey or disobey that one rule- “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” -we choose to lie, cheat, steal, kill, commit adulty and other sexual immoralities, disrespect our parents, abuse our children, blaspheme the Name of Elohim and His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), et. al.

When Adom ve Havah disobeyed, their consequence was a spiritual death, among other consequences; but, Elohim also promised them a way of return to Him. That Way was Yeshua, Elohim in the flesh, Who came to dwell among His people and save them from their sins. His life’s blood was shed that we might have life, not death … not spiritual death.

When you find yourself in the midst of a temptation, seriously considering jumping full into the sin that is so tempting you, remind yourself that sin- all sin -has consequences. The greatest of these consequences is an eternal separation from your Creator.

Galatians 6:6-7 says, “Do not be deceived: Elohim cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please Ruach HaKodesh, from Ruach HaKodesh will reap eternal life.”

disobey or obey
disobey or obey

Supporting Scripture

Psalms 34:17--“Take delight in Adonai, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Hebrews 10:24-25--”And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Leviticus 26:8--“Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.”

James 4:8--”Come near to YHVH and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded,”

John 8:32--“ ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ “

1 Corinthians 10:13--”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And HaShem is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

James 4:7--“Submit yourselves, then, to Elohim. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Blessing

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam,

Asher natan lanu et derekh ha’yeshua

Ba’Meshiachah Yeshua.

Baruch hu.

Amein.

Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe,

Who gave to us the Way of salvation

Through the Messiah Jesus.

Blessed be He.

Amen.

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