Friday, August 30, 2013

crafty

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.


Genesis 3:1-6 (NIV)
There are a lot of serpents around these days. I can imagine when the serpent told Eve that she certainly would not die and that instead her eyes would be opened and she would be like God if she ate the forbidden fruit, she must have stood there mulling over what he said, debating on what she ought to do. 

She probably figured she had good reasons for partaking of the fruit: it was good for food, it looked good, and she would gain wisdom.  Aren't those good and desirable things?  We would all like to be wise, wouldn't we? The serpent was making a lot of sense. And being the good person she was, she shared her fortune with Adam. 

Now we all know what happened after that. It didn't turn out well for either Adam or Eve. 

That's how it is these days.  People spend a lot of time discussing issues - mulling over this and that, same as Eve probably mulled over what the serpent told her. Mulling over what she saw with her own eyes, too. So based on that she made a decision.

The thing is, there wasn't any attention paid to what preceded what the serpent told Eve.  God had specifically said that she must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and she must not touch it.  That should have been all that was needed, case closed. Instead, the serpent was able to get Eve to focus on irrelevant matters. 

That's what goes on today.  Sure, a lot of people do not believe in the Bible so you can't blame them if they don't follow what it says. But a lot of folks who say they do believe in it, and a lot of folks who teach and preach from it, are the same way.  They let the serpent get them to focus on the irrelevant and they forget about what is written in God's Word or they think somehow that God's Word is what is irrelevant for these times.  It gets to where they wind up second-guessing God because somehow, the reasoning of this world makes a lot of sense to them. They forget who's the Boss.





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