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Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)
TITLE: Deceptive Desire
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It is considered the vehicle to which man was first introduced to disobedience.
It was ripe, red and assumingly juicy, shining in the sun that day of deception. Somewhere along the line the fruit became an apple. It could have been any tree fruit, and it could possibly be the ideal fruit. It is sweet and tart, crunchy and satisfying, desirable, and yet if eaten before ripened or in too big of a quantity it can make you sick.
In the Garden of Eden that fruit turned a perfect existence upside down.
Enter Satan, in the form of a serpent, slithered into that Great garden and swayed an innocent being into the first act of rebelliousness.
The tree of good and evil. The only tree in the whole garden Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from, and it was the one made the most desirable. It was made desirable by a voice that put doubt into Eveís heart about Godís command. And the commandment was not that difficult to understand.
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Genesis 3:3
It pretty much spelled it out to her, but she still couldnít resist. The serpentís argument was like a bet, purely a challenge. A challenge that was met with dire consequences.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Genesis 3:4
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:6
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:7
In Adam and Eveís case, it turned their world upside down and made them aware of their nakedness, their humanness, and their transgression. I am sure they had no idea of the spiral they were to be tossed to, all the while pointing fingers. First Adam to Eve and then Eve to the serpent. It was too late for pointing fingers. The damage was done and their world changed in the bite of a piece of fruit.
How desirable that apple was Ö more desirable than the desire to obey God. More intriguing than all the promises of God kingdom. That apple became the object of the first sin.
Sin is no different now than it was back then. It still starts with a little whisper. A bit of a nudge of curiosity, the promise of a just reward. A reasoning that the outcome wonít be so bad. We have a free will, the reasoning might be. It wasnít given to us to sin. It was given to us to be true to God. To trust his word, to listen to our hearts and to know that doing good is a positive and rewarding thing to do.
God created us for his pleasure. How sad he must have been when his greatest creation doubted his word over that of a serpent.
In Eden their sin changed their relationship with each other from a carefree, peaceful existence into hard work, painful childbirth, discord between serpent and human and a trove of everyday battles that we still face today.
Since that piece of fruit nothing from that time on has been a bowl of cherries. We struggle, we fail, but as believers we are forgiven and deeply loved by our Lord. We may still have to work hard and get our food from the earth and suffer pain, but through it all, if we keep our eyes on the prize and do the Lordís Will, In the end we will hear the Lord say to us;
Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord
That is a promise we can all look forward to.
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