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What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'obedience'? Most likely the word provokes negative thoughts or feelings. Obedience is something that is not valued in Western culture. Western culture celebrates breaking from tradition and authority to follow one's own inclinations and forge one's own path in life. To follow a path laid down by another is portrayed as repressive. Yet, the Bible tells us that obedience is exactly what is expected of us. Furthermore, the Bible tells us that we cannot please God without complete obedience to His commands.

That point is made clear in the narrative of King Saul. In 1 Samuel 15, the prophet Samuel delivered a message from God for King Saul. God told Saul to completely destroy the nation of Amalek. This destruction was to be divine retribution for that nation's attack on the Israelites during the Exodus. Saul did defeat Amalek. But he stopped short of complete destruction. Saul took the king of Amalek alive and kept the be…