Obedience and Fidelity

“All the paths of the Lord are kindness and constancy toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees” (Ps 25:10).

Obedience is described as the willingness of someone to submit and fulfill someone else’s wish or order. The Scripture is flooded with examples of obedience as well as disobedience to the word of God. Right in the first book of the Scripture it is written about the disobedience of the first parents – they ate from the forbidden tree (cf. Gen 3:1-6). Also, when the first king of Israel, Saul, did not obey the word of God, the prophet Samuel told him, “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Sam 15:22). Therefore, the psalmist says, “Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts or sin-offering you sought not; then said I, ‘Behold I come; in the written scroll it is prescribed for me. To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!’” (Ps 40:7-8) In the same spirit, the author of the Letter to Hebrews writes, “For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when he came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God’” (Heb 10:4-7). These words refer to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was the most obedient to the will of His Father.