Genesis 3:1-7 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day 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 tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
The fall of man or the sin that every man is born with is the result of this conversation between the serpent and Eve and the direction of our lives was changed forever because of their act of eating the forbidden fruit. This is something most 'rational' human beings find impossible to believe because we know serpents don't talk and accepting Adam and Eve as the start to humankind is impossible because we are different races, cultures and live in different locations that makes drawing our lineage from this one couple seems over the top.
What is God speaking to us through this incident and is there anything for us to understand from this fall of man?
As hard as it is to accept this conversation between Adam and Eve and our lineage, it is harder to accept that we are all but a product of chance, a chance so great that we must be the luckiest things alive because we live on the only inhabitable planet in the billions of galaxies around us, traveling at just the right speed at a perfect distance from the Sun, with the perfect mix of gases that makes breathing possible, having more than sufficient natural resources to live from, filled with intelligence beyond that of anything we have met, etc.
This fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that the serpent tricked us into eating seems so much like the choices that surround us. Wealth is not bad but the pursuit of it beyond all else is, desire is not bad but the desire that draws us away from what we have to start coveting what does not belong to us is, people are not bad but the motivation that drives them to do things that cause harm makes them bad, etc.
We are all built with a moral system in our minds that help us determine what is right from wrong. We know that lying is not right and when we speak a lie, it might not hurt that same moment but it has a lasting impact for the rest of our lives. Yet we lie and deceive and this is something that can be passed off as insignificant but it is significant because there is little or no difference between a small lie and a big lie for it is all filthy before a holy and pure God.
Today we are reminded that if we continue to operate in our own wisdom deciding what is right from wrong, we will continue to walk in the path the deceiver has set out for us that leads to death. However, this great God who created us from dust calls out to us to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life, His son Jesus Christ, who died for our salvation and who lives to give us hope beyond this broken world.
I pray today that we will make the choice of eating of the fruit of the tree of life and be saved from our hopelessness and the vice grip of Satan in our lives.
In His Loving Service,
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
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