Posts Tagged ‘Genesis 03’

“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 3:6

This story isn’t about the fruit (it could have been any forbidden thing) and it wasn’t about the woman (the man was right there watching in silence); the point of the story is about control.

The desire for control over their lives and destiny brought misery through poor choices and unseen consequences — just as it does today.

It takes human acts of yielding control to undo the damage. Christ yielded control, obtaining by the “fruit” (results) of the “tree” of the cross what was lost by the fruit of the tree in the garden. We yield control by taking our desires, ever so strong, and submitting them to God and his word, trusting he has our best interest at heart.

Prayer: “Jesus, thank you for coming to earth, putting on humanity, and dying on the “tree” of Calvary so I can put on Christ and live in your kingdom now and always. Amen

Sound Bite: “Jesus, put on humanity and lived here so I can put on Christ and live there.1

— fritz@langgang.com
1 – Galatians 3:27, Romans 13:14

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God and Satan talk in the Bible and it looks like a giant chess game with Job’s family as the pawns. In the garden God calls to Adam, “Where are you?”, but doesn’t he already know? Joshua is told by God to leave no survivors; where is the love and mercy in that?! People are offended by these and other scriptures, sometimes wanting nothing to do with God because if it.

There are explanations, sure, and we are quick to provide, but this surfaces an important fact about our Heavenly Father – God doesn’t try to explain Himself.

Our culture demands explanations. From presidents, employees, preachers, parishioners, parents, children, in public and in private, to others and to ourselves we feel explanations must be given; they don’t have to be true only plausible.

God doesn’t play along!

Jesus was (and is) constantly misunderstood; at one point losing all but his closest disciples because of it. His response was not, “Wait, let me explain!”, he kept loving and obeying the Father. He later put it this way,

“ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep … My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” – John 10:26-27 (KJV)

True, we are not to blatantly disregard the feelings of others but we shall be misunderstood no matter what we do. We are not to waste time defending and explaining, but keep loving and serving Christ, always ready to explain our hope which sustains us. (1st Peter 3:15)

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“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1-2 (KJV)

The Gospel is not a life insurance policy and Jesus is not the insurance agent we call only to renew or check our coverage.

Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins not so we can get to heaven but to remove the barrier (our sins) between us and God so we can live, work, and walk with Him now and forever; heaven is the by-product

This has always been God’s desire.  Notice Adam and Eve:

[Adam and Eve] heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: … And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? – Genesis 3:8a, 9 (KJV)

Walking with God in the garden each day was a common occurrence, unfortunately interrupted by sin.

God’s desire never changed.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Mica 6:8 (KJV)

Jesus’ parting promise to his disciples was NOT heaven, but living with God; the place may change but the company doesn’t!

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (Jesus – John 14:23 KJV)

Question: How would my living be different if my goal was to live, work, and walk with God now and forever?

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