Digging in Deeper: Genesis 3:1b

“He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You can’t eat from any tree in the garden”?’”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter

When was the last time you were tempted to do something you shouldn’t have wanted to do? Unless you happen to be reading this just after waking up, I suspect it wasn’t all that long ago. Temptation is everywhere. “Being tempted” is part of our cultural lingo. We talk about being tempted to do this or that freely and easily. Not with things we really think are bad, mind you, but the language is common all the same. It’s like temptation is just a joke. If it is, though, it isn’t a good joke. 

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Morning Musing: Genesis 2:16-17

“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.’”‬‬ (CSB – Read the chapter

Did you ever have one of those experiences where someone told you not to do something and immediately it was the only thing in the world you wanted to do? Maybe your parent told you not to touch something and it was like your hand was suddenly magnetized to it. Maybe a boss told you something was entirely off limits and you immediately started looking for ways to figure out how to do it. This seems like it’s a natural reaction. So, why on earth did God put a tree in the garden and tell us not to eat from it?

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