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

Focus passage: The woman said to the snake, “We may eat the fruit of the garden’s tress but not the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden.  God said, ‘Don’t eat from it, and don’t touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3:2-3

The woman responds “we can eat of every tree in the garden just not the one in the middle, we can’t eat from that tree or touch it or we will die.”
The tree is indeed off limits, but the woman has added that she can’t touch it.  Why does she add this part?  She makes the command even stronger than the parameters God placed on it.  It’s not just off limits, it is super off limits.  She takes it to this whole new level, ups the ante, so that when she disobeys it is so much greater.  I mean it was pretty great to begin with, but she has made it greater.
The temptation to eat is so great that the woman has convinced herself that she should also refrain from touching the tree.  Don’t even go near the cookie jar, because you won’t be able to control yourself. We’ve all been there, yeah?  We do this mental negotiating, and before we know it the cookie is in our stomach and we are chasing it with a glass of milk.
 “Woman you are mistaken” the snake replies.  “You won’t die if you eat from the tree. No, you must have heard God wrong. No your eyes will be open and you will be like God knowing good and bad.”
She replies with her actions, silently she approaches the tree and touches and tastes and so does the man.
A domino effect happens.  Their eyes are opened and they have gained knowledge, they now know that they are naked.  Before it wasn’t a problem but it is now.
There are cookie crumbs on the floor and chocolate stains on the side of the mouth. 
In a comical fashion, they create clothes out of fig leaves.  The original audience would have found the humor in this.  Fig leaves feel like sandpaper.  Clearly their knowledge isn’t that great after all.  Their disobedience has clearly created both physical and spiritual consequences.
Humor can help cut the awkwardness of a moment.  It is good to laugh at ourselves, but underneath we know that this is serious.

 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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