Been chewing on something. What? Me, do that? Apparently. It sort of happens when I’m left alone with my thoughts. The toys get all jumbled together and stuff falls out. Go figure.
Back to the thought or more exactly, the word. Obedience. A tricky concept all gnarled up with emotional baggage. And yes, I can hear the strangled yelp inside myself. You too, if you’re brave enough to admit it. Obedience. What is it anyway?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, obedience is the quality or condition of being obedient, to obey. Here where it get’s fun, I promise. Okay for word geeks it’s fun. ‘Cause we speak English. Okay, truth is we speak American English. More specifically Texas American English. Not the same thing, but close enough.
To obey is to carry out, fulfill a command, order, instruction or request. The word obey comes from Old French from Old Latin. It involves perception, specifically hearing. In other words, you gotta hear it, then you gotta do it. Obey. The act is called obedience.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. What’s that got to do with the price of eggs?
As Americans we pride ourselves on our fabled Independence, freedom from interference in our pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Quoting now from something Tom Jefferson whipped up years ago. Which involves obeying somebody or something to actually acquire the freedom to access those three items. And the ultimate independence hinges on individuals working together for more of the same.
And funny enough, this whole debate started long ago. In the beginning of the beginning, there was order, structure and the need for obedience to continue that order, that structure. Adam was placed in the Garden to tend and keep it. Because God said so. Yeah, I know, quoting a much older document.
So what’s this thing the Bible calls obedience? In Hebrew, it means to hear intelligently, understand, regard, receive; in Greek, attentive listening, compliance, conform to advice. So, pretty much the same thing. To obey is to hear, understand and do what is required. Most of the time to God.
Simple to say, until that old Me First voice starts yapping. Which is the problem. Oddly enough, obedience ties closely to power. As in the use of.
1 Corinthians 15:24 is the verse that started this particular trip for me.
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
Jesus, that guy who obeyed even to the point of death, gained the power to destroy all the work of the enemy.
Now that paints a completely different picture of what obedience is and what it does. Have to think about all that. A lot. ‘Cause, apparently, there is more to dig into.