You can only meaningfully talk about obedience in the context of a higher

authority who issues command that must be obeyed. At the spiritual level the

only being who fits the bill is God the Almighty because He is higher than the

highest, Eccl. 5:8, and greater than the greatest. And all lawful and legitimate

authority derive from Him, Matt. 28:18, Deut. 32:39. His word is law, in heaven

and on earth, Isaiah 55:11, Ezek. 12:25. His power is limitless, Isaiah 45:7 and yet

He is gracious and merciful, beyond human understanding, Ex. 34:6.

But He demands obedience particularly from those who know Him, those in

whom He has invested His abundant love and kindness. Lucifer was one of the

three Archangels who saw Him face to face, a privilege he never asked for. The

materials with which He made him was rare and special so that he could serve

with distinction, as the conductor of the heavenly choir, Ezek. 28:13-14.

God the unrivalled creator with matchless intelligence achieved His objective.

Lucifer was a wonder as the head of the heavenly sanctuary. He was admired by

the Maker Himself and the angelic host.

But, unfortunately, success went into his head. He began to see God as his rival.

He eventually launched a coup bid that was bound to fail. He could no longer

submit to the will of His creator. That was more than disobedience. It was

rebellion and God drove him out of heaven, Isaiah 14:12-14. Ezek. 28:15-19. He

was no longer Lucifer but satan, the evil one. Jesus confirmed his shameful

descent to the earth, Luke 10:18.

Here on earth satan took the opportunity of his presence to cause chaos until the

Spirit of God came in to restore order, Gen. 1:1-31. The earth again became

productive. Darkness gave way to light. But satan saw the creation of man as an

opportunity to interfere with the divine plan for the human race. Adam and Eve

were living in quiet obedience until satan located them in the Garden of Eden,

their palace and protective shield. He tricked them into eating the forbidden fruit,

which God had told them to avoid, as it would lead to their spiritual death, Gen.

2:15-17. However, they gave in to satan’s inducement and, to the delight of the

evil one, they lost everything, including their special abode, Gen. 3:16-19, 23:24.

Disobedience certainly has its consequences. Obedience too has its costs. But the

latter is to be preferred. Why? Because whatever trials you may experience, as a

child of God, the objective is to make you stronger, to quip you for service for

which there is reward, Mark 10:29-30. Abraham was childless when God called

him and promised to bless him and make him a nation and a source of blessing to

all families of the earth, Gen. 12:1-3. He later gave him a son, Isaac, and then

asked him to sacrifice this covenant-son to Him. That was a rather tough one but

Abraham obeyed, knowing that the God he was relating to was a loving one, not

heartless. God blessed him beyond his imagination or expectation, Gen. 22:15-18.

Certainly God’s commandments are not always easy or convenient for man to

obey. Jesus told His disciples that no one can be a part of His Father’s kingdom

unless he does His will, Matt. 7:21. The Prophets of the Old Testament had to

suffer persecution and many were even killed, Matt. 23:37.

Christ Himself was a perfect example of obedience, obedience to the Father in all

circumstances, John 5:30. Yet He had to confront satan at the beginning of His

Ministry, Matt. 4:1-13. Even the men of power, namely the High Priests, the

Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Scribes, saw Him as an upstart, someone they

should harass, Matt. 21:23-27, Mark 12:13-34 and ultimately destry, if they could.

His advice to His disciples, then and now, is that they must “strive to enter in at

the strait gate for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be

able”, Luke 13:24.

Why? Because not all believers would be willing or able to submit themselves

totally to the will of the Father, John 6:60. He warned His disciples that since the

Jewish leaders subjected Him to persecution they should expect the same

treatment from them, John 15:20. The ultimate goal was eternity for which they

should struggle. That was the reward for which He too endured crucifixion

knowing, as He did, that obedience to the Father’s will, is the key to the heavenly