I’ll Taunt You So

The two fins that surfaced above the water swam back and forth across the bank, just close enough to taunt the fishermen, yet steering clear of any hooks and bait.  Nobody ever caught this trout, the fishermen played his game until he got bored and swam away to wherever was safe.  I think of this fish dangling himself as the bait everyone so desired, much like the sin that satan dangles in front of us to try and pursued us to play his games.  Satan dangles the biggest best looking fruit in front of us hoping we will bite, sometimes he wins, and sometimes we win.

Genesis 3:1-6 “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 yours 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.”  

Pleasing to the eye.  Those four words stand out to me in this piece of scripture.  That and how the serpent changed the facts and made them more desirable to the human eyes and ears.  Soon after, Adam and Eve realized they were naked, they now realized what sin was.  And that is how an act as simple as taking a bite out of fruit lead to what is now known as The Fall of Mankind.  Our relationship with God was forever hindered and forever changed.

Genesis 3:9-11 “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered,”I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Do you really think God didn’t know this was going to happen?  Do you think he was oblivious to what fruit was about to be eaten?  Of course not.  He knew where, when, how and who would provoke all of this.  So why didn’t he stop it?  Here are my thoughts, if the fall of man never happened then why would we need God?  If we were born without sin, without any knowledge of what sin was and forever remained in the Garden of Eden then we wouldn’t need to call on God.  We wouldn’t need prayer, church, the Bible,  or anything else that God has provided us with as a tool to help us draw closer to him.  Instead of taking it easy on us and counting to three, God took the first approach to tough love.

He cursed the serpent: Genesis 3:14 “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals.  You will crawl on your belly and eat the dust all the days of your life.  

He cursed Eve :Genesis 3:16 ” I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”

And he cursed Adam: Genesis 3:17-19 “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your brown you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you will return. “

However, one thing satan said was true, when they ate from the tree their eyes were opened and they knew right from wrong.  So if anyone is mad about the thorns or the thistles you can blame satan or Adam, the choice is yours. 😛


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