I got a whole new picture
this time I read it.
How cool is that!
I asked God the other day
to show me something new.
Because we read things
with such familiarity...
like we know it all.
But then we read it again,
in a different season of life,
maybe from a new angle
and God can reveal
something completely new.
Here was... the woman...
as I realized she had no name
until after she had children,
and then was named Eve,
the mother of all the living.
So here was the woman,
created as companion and helper
to Adam, and clearly influential,
as we soon see, but she has not
heard the one commandment
from God herself... He told Adam
before she was created.
But after we see the encounter
with the serpent, we realize
she knows of a rule...
only she's not quite certain
of exactly what that tree is called.
But Adam must have told her
to stay away from the tree
in the middle of the garden...
the fruit of it will cause death
so maybe it's just best
we don't even touch it.
Sounds like the start of religion...
man-making of rules
in order to keep commandments.
this is how I saw it fresh.
After the serpent, who we know
is embodied by God's enemy satan,
has gotten the attention of the woman,
he tests her knowledge of the tree
to see if she really knows the truth.
And since she doesn't know it for herself,
since she hasn't heard it from God,
but second hand, from another person,
she's not quite sure of the rule.
So... he can twist it arond
and manipulate the truth more easily.
And she won't even know it.
But clearly she's never even
gone near that tree...
she doesn't even know the name of it.
She just calls it the tree in the middle.
But maybe the serpent has found her
when she's out gathering food,
when she's hungry and vulnerable.
Maybe he's tempted her to go over
and take a closer look... just a look.
That can't hurt, can it.
Just see it for yourself.
Because remember, before
she and Adam aren't even going
to touch that fruit.
But if she's hungry enough...
like we get when we're standing
at the pantry, with that longing stare.
Or looking into the refrigerator
like something new is going to appear,
better than all the other things
we've seen a hundred times.
If only he could get her to go see.
But he must have gotten her
to wander over.
because soon we read this...
Then the woman saw
that the tree was good for food
and delightful to look at,
and that it was desirable
for obtaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit
and ate it; she also gave some
to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Genesis 3:6 HCSB
It's not like she'd seen this fruit
and turned it down.
I don't think she had even been
near that tree before.
Like some place you've decided
you're just not going to go
because you know it's not for you.
Not your style of clothes,
not your taste in food,
not within your budget,
not the right age or social bracket,
no where you want to run into
someone from your past...
even if it's a place you know
will tempt you to behave or be
the old person you swore
you were done being.
You just don't go there.
Unless someone tempts you to.
The talk you into it.
They reason with you...
like maybe it isn't what you think.
So you wander a little closer
until you see... percieve, reason...
like the woman did, that maybe
it does look like food she could eat.
Maybe it was pretty to the eyes,
sweet smelling and soft.
But how she could determine
it would give her wisdom...
that for certain was planted
in her mind by the serpent.
It was a piece of fruit.
But he wanted her to want
what he wanted long ago
before he fell like lightening
He wanted to show God
that these humans were just
as prideful and awful as he was.
That they too could be drawn away
and desiring beauty, power and wisdom.
And sadly, the woman was easy prey,
unguarded, unknowing, unprepared
for what would happen next.
My heart aches for this woman.
All that influence,
yet lacking true wisdom
If only she had known
the word of God for herself.
If only she had stayed fed,
and known her identity.
But she had the burden of being
the first of us...
so we learn mighty lessons from her.
Word of God
train me today...
To not wander hungry, susceptable to manipulation.
To know the word of God for myself; defending truth
and not be decieved, distracted or dicouraged.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.