Obedience That Dishonored God

To the government or king

  1. Doeg the Edomite obeys the king to murder 85 men (1 Sam. 22:18-19).
  2. The men of Keilah would have obeyed the king by delivering up David after he had just saved them (1 Sam. 23:12).
  3. The men of Ziph obeyed the government when they should have disobeyed (1 Sam. 26:1).
  4. Bathsheba obeyed the king’s request for her to break her marriage vow (2 Sam. 11:4).
  5. Joab sinfully obeyed the king’s request to put Uriah in a place where he would die (2 Sam. 11:14-17).
  6. Joab and the captains of the army sinfully obeyed the king’s command to number the people (2 Sam. 24:4).
  7. Two fools obey Jezebel and lie about Naboth (1 Kings 21:10).
  8. The men who took Micaiah to prison obeyed wicked Ahab in that unjust command (1 Kings 22:26).
  9. The inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem obeyed Manasseh to do more evil than the Gentiles (2 Chron. 33:9).
  10. The soldiers obeyed the Jewish leaders (Matt. 28:15).

    To the people
  11. Aaron obeys the voice of the people (Ex. 32:1-4).
  12. The Levite obeys the crowd from Dan (Judges 18:19-20).
  13. The Levite obeys the crowd of Benjamites to deliver his concubine for abuse (Judges 19:25).
  14. Pilate obeys the crowd to consent to Christ’s murder (Matt. 27:24).
  15. Herod obeyed the whims of the people around him to cut off John’s head (Mark 6:25-26).

    To parents
  16. Micah obeys his mother to worship false idols (Judges 17:3-5).

    To wives
  17. Solomon obeyed his wives (1 Kings 11:4).
  18. Ahab obeyed his wife Jezebel (1 Kings 16:31 cf. 21:25).

    To false teachers
  19. Peter obeyed the Judaizers at least for a time drawing other Christians with him back to Judaism (Gal. 2:12-13).
  20. The church at Thyatira obeyed Jezebel the false prophetess (Rev. 2:20)


  • The government often tempts men to sin by fearing the consequence of breaking the law.
  • Crowds of people lead men to sin because their desires are corrupt and their judgment is unbiblical. Pure democracy is not a godly system.
  • A wicked wife can exercise great power over her husband, and logically the reverse is true as well.
  • Obedience sometimes results from a lack of integrity and moral courage.
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