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According to the Encarta Dictionary, the word ‘obedience’ is “the act of obeying, the act or practice of following instructions, complying with rules or regulations, or submitting to somebody's authority”.

Obedience is a virtue which God Almighty requires from all His worshippers, whether they are spirit creatures or human beings. (Deuteronomy 6:24, 25) In Jeremiah 7:22, 23, God Almighty stated: “For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.”

A classic case of obedience was that of Noah. He was commanded by God Almighty to build an ark where they and animals would stay during the flood and he obeyed (Genesis 6:22). He thus found grace in the sight of God and he and his family were delivered from the great deluge. - Genesis 6:5-8,13,14; 7:1,5.

The obedience of Abraham in accepting without question the command from God to leave his native country for a strange land and to sacrifice his only son are well known. (Genesis 12:1-5) The reward of his obedience was that he became the father of the faithful. And God said we should look to Abraham our father. - Genesis 12:1-5; 22:15-18; Isaiah 51:1, 2; Hebrews 6:13,14.

Another practical illustration of obedience and the blessings that follow it is the case of the Rechabites as stated in Jeremiah 35:1-19. God tried the children of Rechab by instructing Jeremiah to give them “pots full of wine, and cups”. But they refused to drink saying that Jonadab the son of Rechab their father had commanded them not to drink wine or own property. God Almighty blessed the children of Rechab for obeying thy voice of their father and contrasted their conduct with that of the natural Jews who kept disobeying His word despite all He had been doing for them. – Jeremiah 35:1-19.

Jesus Christ was an embodiment of obedience. He declared: (John 6:38; See also John 5:30; 12:49 ,50) As a result of his obedience even unto death, Jesus Christ was highly exalted by God and given a name which is above every name. (Philippians 2:5-11) Children are commanded by God to obey their parents. (Proverbs 13:1; Ephesians 6:1-3; Proverbs 22:6. Servants are also charged to obey their masters in the fear of God and not with eye service. (Ephesians 6:5-8) And worshippers of God should submit to the authorities in His organisation by obeying the ordinances made by them by God’s grace. (Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 2:13-17) Those who sin are required to repent and obey the word of God for their blessing. - Job 36:10-12

Having known the precious blessings that await those who are obedient to God and seen the examples of how God rewarded those obedient to Him, it is left for us to obey God’s commands by practising righteousness in God’s Organisation until the end so as to live forever in God’s Kingdom fully set-up.

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