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Topic: Garden (09/07/06)
TITLE: The Gospel according to D. Lion
By Jim Alexander
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Let me tell you about some of the gardens I've been in.
Ever heard of the Garden of Eden? The Garden of Gethsemene? What about Abel's garden?
Well, I was on the ground before you humans were even made and if you haven’t guessed by now, I'm a weed.
Dan D. Lion is my name.
I wasn't always a weed, you know. You should have seen me before the walk in the garden. The one that God took looking for Adam and Eve who were hiding from God because of their well-deserved guilt. They could have admitted guilt to God right then, but didn't. They just blamed it on each other, and, get this, Adam blamed it all on God for making Eve! And if their kids just admit sin-guiltiness to God, they get eternal life out of the deal because God's son, Jesus, who had nothing to do with their mistake, took all the punishment for Adam and Eve's big time garden mess-up.
Back then, in Adam's garden, I had a magnificent flower. My leaves were lush and strong. I was... Sorry. I can't continue with this sordid account of the way we were. It's making me wilt.
Can they mess gardens up, or what? With them around you don't even need weeds in your garden to really trash it up. But, hey, they find one of us growing in their garden and, pop, we're out of there. It's ludicrous.
Do I sound bitter?
You've never tasted a dandelion if you think I'm not.
What kind of damage did we ever do to God’s creation? Have we ever conspired with the devil to bring about the fall of man?
I don't think so.
We could smell that beast of the field a mile away, and, if that isn’t enough, his words are a dead give away. They bare no resemblance whatever to God's words.
What is it about you humans that always gets you sucked in by the devil's voice thinking its God talking to you?
In this humble weed’s opinion, God should have stopped it all on the third day. He would have saved himself a whole lot of grief.
We were first, you know. In the beginning. On the third day, we were created. But God just had to make man too.
We knew what would happen. So did He. He told us, because, if you want read about how God can see the future, Isaiah said in chapter 46, "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My council shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
His “mistake”, if I dare to use that word, was that He just loved man too much to turn from creating Adam. He told us he knew what it would cost Him, but figured out a way to get man back from that beast.
Little did we know then that God’s plan was God himself taking on all of Adam and Eve's punishment, and all the punishment for all their kids crimes that were yet to happen!
I was there at ground zero - the foot of the cross. I felt it when that punishment slammed him literally into the ground.
Yet man can just ignore what was done for him and walk right into that beast’s hot house.
Don’t get me wrong, I like hot houses as much as any weed. But that one’s a little too hot!
So, what can a weed do to stop that beast? As much as I’m beyond bitterness about this whole garden thing, I still want God to have what He wants, because I love Him. But, I can’t do a thing. It’s all up to you humans. I mean, about diverting your fellow man from that path to doom he’s on. Weeds just can’t help there at all. Only you can tell them about getting to live forever, in a wonderful place, and that there’s nothing they can do to earn it. Even believing in Jesus is a gift from God and they can’t take credit for doing that.
Read it for yourself if you don’t believe me. I’m just a dumb weed but even I know that wonderful good news in the bible.
Enough of this chit-chat. I’ve got to get working on sowing my next crop.
How about you?
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