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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
TITLE: Do not be deceived
By Rachel Varghese
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“Wow, what a big mango! I’ve never seen one like this,” said Betty to her friend Neena
“Let me cut one for you, it is so delicious. I just got three. I had one and there’s one more for you to take home,” she said as she started to cut the fruit.
Betty ate the mango appreciating it a lot and took the one Neena gave to share with her husband. By the time she reached home it was time for supper. She had already made dinner and all that she had to do was just cut the mango for dessert. She called her husband and showed him the big mango and he was also taken up with the size of the mango. Then she told him how delicious it was, and he said he wanted to taste it right away. Betty said, “One, two three,” and ceremoniously cut the big mango and screamed. Her husband got scared thinking she cut her hand in the frenzied cutting, but she pointed to the cut mango. He looked at it and saw a big, fat worm wriggling and the whole inside black. That is how sin is. The outer covering looks so good that we get attracted to it but the inside is full of filth. How did sin enter this world? Eve went to the forbidden area and stood near the tree admiring the beautiful fruit. As she tarried there the tempter came and convinced her to eat the good-looking fruit. She trusted the charmer, broke God’s commandment and lost eternal life. It did taste delicious but the whole human race fell to sin ever after that. Satan became the evil prince of this world and made the all the subjects his slaves.
In Judges 16, we read the story of Samson and Delilah; Samson was attracted to Delilah by her outward appearance. She seemed delicious like a good fruit to be desired, but when he lived with her he was deceived by her several times. He was so blinded by the outward looks that he could not see her motives. Finally, he was overpowered by the Philistines. They put out his eyes and made him do menial jobs. He who was a judge of the Israelites was treated like a slave by his captors. But God was gracious to him when he asked God to answer him for the last time and finally he died according to what he asked God.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 22:1-3 “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” [NASB] If you want to know what the word ‘delicious’ really means get ready to be in heaven and taste the fruit of the tree of life all through eternity.
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