Acting on our choices

Daily reading: Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8                   
Wednesday September 14, 2016

Focus passage: The snake was the most intelligent of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God really say that you shouldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?” Genesis 3:1

The snake enters the story and he is the most intelligent of all of the wild animals.  In almost every ancient culture the snake represents cleverness or craftiness.  The snake gives voice to what the humans were already curious about.  Sometimes, when we move from thought to spoken word, we are birthing movement, in the right or wrong direction.

He knows just the right question to ask.  He says out loud what the humans are already wondering about,  “So God said you can’t eat from any tree, huh?”
The question, if we are to believe the snake is clever or intelligent or both, is really one that challenges the set up the humans have with God.
It’s like saying to kids, “so you don’t get an afternoon snack when you get home?”  And they reply, “of course we get a snack, we just can’t eat the cookies.”  And then you can see the wheels turning… “wait why can’t we eat the cookies?  What would happen if we eat the cookies when mom isn’t in the room, would she really know?”

Prayer: God, help me to make good choices today that show love and respect to you, myself and my neighbor.  Amen.

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