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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Eve of Destruction

July 30

(Genesis 3:1-7 NIV) "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'?" {2} The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, {3} 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.'" {4} "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. {5} "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." {6} 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. {7} 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."

Eve was created in the image of God, but for her that was not enough. Her desire to be “godlike”, instead of godly, haunts all humanity. If you compare Genesis 2:16-17 with Genesis 3:2-3, you’ll discover that Eve added to God’s word, making it more difficult to obey. In so doing, she became not only the “mother of all living”, she became the mother of all Pharisees, as well as the mother of all sinners. After she and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and realized the nakedness of their sin, they foolishly tried to hide from God. We still try to hide from God in the bushes of rules and religion. We believe in God, but do not believe God. We memorize God’s word, but refuse to do what it says. We crave spirituality, but resist the Holy Spirit. We desire God’s presence and blessing, but balk at the submission required for a relationship. We are indeed our mother’s children. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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