to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
December 06, 2019 – Friday
Titus 3:1-2 NIV
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,
2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
In this short epistle, Paul’s third pastoral epistle (the first two to Timothy), Paul looks to show how the good news of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit can transform a culture from within, specifically the culture of the people on the large island of Crete off the coast of Greece. This was considered a huge task as the people there infamous for their sin which had even invaded the house churches there. Thus part of Titus’ job was replace dishonest fraudulent teachers and leaders in the churches with godly men. Quite the task, but because of Paul’s past with Titus (see Galatians 2:1-3 and 2 Corinthians 8:23), he believed him up to the effort required.
With such corruption within and without the church Titus had quite the task and part of it was to create families and individuals who would be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good certainly different from the common status in Crete plus they were to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. Again different from the common behavior in Crete.
Paul follows these instructions reminding Titus that at one time we were not so different from the Cretans along with what caused the changes in us.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
This is presented in a beautiful poetic format in the video on the book of Titus which is a great summary of the entire book. Watch the video and then look forward to going to church this weekend where, hopefully, you will have leaders and teachers who are not corrupt and in it only for the money, but take great pleasure and joy in teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life. Have a great weekend.
(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)