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The Fall

The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”  — Genesis 3:2-3

Genesis and the fall of man has never been more clear since my granddaughter was born. Too busy working, and not realizing the fascination and joy of watching my children grow up, I am taking in all I can in watching and participating in my granddaughter’s life (development into a person).

God gave Adam and Eve the best and more than they could ever imagine in the Garden. They had the choice of any delicious fruit from who knows how many trees and yet that one called out.

I watch my granddaughter play, surrounded by multiple toys that were given to her by parents, grandparents and others. Great toys, safe toys, educational toys but she goes after those things that she is not supposed to have or play with — Gigi’s willow tree praying Angel, electric receptacles, every little thing dropped on the carpet, etc.

Unfortunately there are consequences for disobedience. To my granddaughter a little slap on the hand and the stern “NO”, to mankind it is death unless we know Jesus as personal Savior and Lord.

The lesson here is that God wants the best for us. He is looking out for our best interest, just as my granddaughter’s parents and grandparents  are for her, and we need to be thankful for what He has given us and stay away from what He has forbidden. And when He reproves us, that we are appreciative of His act of love for us.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

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You Choose

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; — Deuteronomy 11:26-27

Adam and Eve had freewill in the Garden of Eden. That freewill has not changed. They had a choice set before them:  “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17). Today we have the freewill to accept the blessing of God or the curse.

God set Adam and Eve in the garden amongst every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; that the Lord God caused to grow out of the ground. The trees supplied food for sustenance but God even blessed them by making it pleasing in their sight. God’s blessing was good but they still had a choice to make. Stay away from one, just one tree out of all that were there. (Genesis 2)

Today we have many beautiful blessings that God sets before us that we will receive IF we listen to the commandments of the Lord our God. Sounds simple but it seems we are often tripped up and distracted. Where is our focus? Is it on obedience and love for our Lord or is it on me, me, me? Do we have a humble attitude or are we full of pride?

God offers blessing or cursing. The choice is yours.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon