to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
October 23, 2019 – Wednesday
John 14:23-24 NIV
23 Jesus replied, Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them.
24 Anyone who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.
John 14:23-24 TPT
23 Jesus replied, Loving Me empowers you to obey My word. And My Father will love you so deeply that We will come to you and make you Our dwelling place.
24 But those who don’t love Me will not obey My words. The Father did not send Me to speak My own revelation, but the words of My Father.
Jesus reply above was His answer to a question posed by the apostle Judas, aka Jude or Judas Thaddeus certainly not Judas Iscariot, But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world? The question resulted speaking to them about His promise or prophesy of and about the Holy Spirit beginning with
15 “If you love Me, keep My commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.”
Frankly, I did not understand Judas’ question from the above until I read a few commentaries. Perhaps you understood right away, but I will provide the why behind the question in case you were as mystified as I was. I really like this explanation as it also brings great clarity to Jesus’ answer to Judas’ question.
Like all the disciples the other Judas (‘Judas of James’ not Judas Iscariot) was puzzled. It was anticipated by most that the expected Messiah would make himself known to the world in a great outward show, so that the world would follow him, and it would appear that in spite of Jesus’ clear teaching of the opposite that is what the disciples have mainly assumed up to this point. For men have always assumed that once God works He will do it spectacularly and everyone will respond. Their view is that all that is needed is a boost. But it has never been so. Such spectacular happenings may produce a temporary change of attitude, but they never change the heart. Always it has been the comparatively few who have truly responded, for the response must be a true one from the heart. Peter Pett
As Pett makes clear it is a matter of the heart which is what Jesus’ reply also makes clear. In fact if you want to obey Jesus, it is loving Him that makes obedience possible as it empowers you to obey His word (TPT).
And loving Him is more than phileo loving Him, it is agapao (the Greek used in all the expressions of the word love) loving Him where agapao is wider than phileo, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety. (Strong’s definition)
So if you want to walk closer to Jesus and obey Him more, then start with loving Him and loving Him deliberately!
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)