Wednesday Word 3.11.2020

Genesis 3 New International Version

“3 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. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

It is very easy for us to condemn Adam and Eve.  If only they had not disobeyed! How hard could it have been to leave that one tree alone!  What our lives might have been like had they only followed that one rule.  There would be no sin! Easy for us to say, but, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

When I think of how we live our lives, our day to day actions, I am convinced that it is nigh unto impossible to live without some daily violation of the two parts of the Great Commandment Jesus gave us, as found in Matthew 22, “37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  There are moments everyday that we look at someone and think a harsh, judgemental thought.  We may pass on a snippet of gossip. We may secretly think that we are superior to someone else and treat them accordingly. We may ignore the nudging of the Holy Spirit. We may make a choice that we know does not honor our Lord. And on and on and on. We can ardently believe we are good and strive to live that way.  Yet no matter how hard we try, we should never be so full of false pride that we think we are all that! Who is to say that you or I wouldn’t have reached for that fruit?

I routinely disappoint myself in some of the choices I make. I can only imagine how it must make my Heavenly Father feel. Even so, I know I am loved in spite of it. That “blessed assurance” makes me want to make a concrete plan to address some of these things. I want to do better.  How about you?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki