Daily Devotion Tuesday, January 14

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  – Psalm 42; Genesis 3:1-24; Hebrews 2:1-10 and John 1:19-28

Genesis 3:1-24 – 1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

8They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” 16To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” 17And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

20The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.

22Then the LORD God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” — 23therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

This reminds me of a joke I’ve heard.

A young boy opened the big and old family Bible with amazement, and studied the old pages as he slowly turned them. As he was turning the pages something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages.
“Mom, look what I found,” the boy yelled.
“What do you have, sweetie?” his mother asked.
In total shock the young boy answered: “I think it’s Adam’s suit!”

For me, part of the moral to the story of the Garden of Eden is that there are consequences to our actions. God has given us His word and His light, yet we often decide we know better than God and do our own thing. Following God’s commandments we find life. Doing our own thing leads to strife and heartbreak.

In this text I also hear what a lot of people say to me; “he/she made me do it.” We blame others for our problems, when it was us who decided to take the wrong path. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent. Both made a conscious choice and thus there were consequences to each of their actions. So it is with us. There are consequences to our actions.

Being across from the Taney County Courthouse and jail I meet a lot of people who are having to deal with the consequences of their actions. Some are truly remorseful, while others still want to blame others. One of the things I hear often is them blaming the authorities; judges, officers, and others at the court. I appreciate the ones who are truly remorseful and admit they made a mistake.

Friends, I am no different than Adam or Eve. I know God’s word to me and I sometimes choose to follow my own will, own desires. May God forgive me for all the things I’ve done which I shouldn’t have done and all the things I should have done which I haven’t done.

In our reading from Psalms we hear;

Psalm 42 – 1   As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2   My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?

May we long and thirst for God always seeking to follow God’s ways.

O Lord, forgive me of all my sin and guide me in all your ways, for I know that your ways lead to full life. Amen.

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