Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Some Commands Take Precedence Over Other Commands

MATTHEW 22:37-38 NLT
37 Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God...'
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

Some commands are more important and carry more weight than

Not all of Scripture is commands. Mostly it could be called
rules (or precepts) for living. In some situations these rules
may conflict with one another. When they do, we must know which
ones take precedence.

Unless you recognize this, you might find yourself confused
when facing an important decision.

The Bible says children should obey their parents. But children
should not obey an order to forget God.

1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,
for this is the right thing to do.

The Bible says we are to obey government leaders. But what if
you live in a country where it is illegal to be a Christian?
Clearly, God is a higher authority than human government, so
there are times when a believer may have to disobey human

1 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its
officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is

29 But Peter and the apostles replied, "We must obey God rather
than any human authority.

As these examples should make obvious, there may be times we
have to ignore one Scriptural instruction in order to obey a
more important one.

We should obey our spiritual leaders, such as a pastor. But
those leaders are human and can be wrong. If they tell you to
do things contrary to God you should not blindly follow them.

17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their
work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to

When we work for someone we are to obey them. But we should not
obey if asked to do something illegal or immoral.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try
to please them all the time, not just when they are watching
you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the

As an extreme example, a teenage boy might be in a situation
where God, government, his parents, his boss, and his pastor
might all be telling him to do something different. Which one
should he obey? There is New Testament Scripture telling him to
obey them all!

Obeying God is always the ultimate priority. If and when we are
ever faced with such decisions, we should turn to God for
guidance and follow His direction.

SAY THIS: Obeying God takes precedence over everything.


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