This word is now unpopular in our culture.

Young brides delete it from their vows. Students know that they have the teacher all wrapped up in knots. Criminals get probation and light justice for their offences. Civil liberties arguments are used constantly to avoid duty and conformity.

But the concept of obedience in Biblical terms is the basis of peace, wisdom, usefulness and fellowship with the Most High God.

In John chapter seven at the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus’ doctrine was challenged by the religious authorities:

16…My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

He is challenging the Pharisees, as if to say, ‘Hop on board. Do the things that I tell you and the things that I demonstrate, and you will…

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