Day 2: The First Sin
The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”
The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
As I read through this passage with my daughter a few things stood out to me. The serpent uses authoritative counter logic. He says, “Oh common… one little bite of the fruit isn’t going to kill you!”….
> Oh common… that (5th) piece of pizza isn’t going to kill you…
> Oh common… take out the credit card… you deserve that item you can’t afford.
> Oh common… everyone else is gossiping and talking about ‘her’…
> oh common… you don’t have extra money to put in the offering at church
> oh common… you don’t have to study for that test… the iPad is more fun
> oh common… don’t invite those people to church, they’re never going to come anyways.
and the list goes on – and on.
Well if this passage doesn’t just kick me in the rain boots I don’t know what would!
I am so guilty of the justification on sin. My mind has this terrible warped habit of justifying just about anything. And what’s worse, in my justification, I think I’m better than others who go out and commit the same sins!
Like a bad credit card habit, I need to cut up my justification card, and take responsibility.
Adam, after he was caught red handed didn’t own up to his mistake, but rather immediately blamed Eve for tempting him to eat the forbidden fruit, and Eve then blamed the serpent for leading her to JUSTIFY her behavior.
Father, help me to cut up the justification, and blame cards in my own life. Thank you – for sending Jesus – through Him you look past my ridiculous track record, and call me saved, because in my place you see Him.
Thank you, God, that you knew I was going to sin and you made a way to save me.