Today's Wine From the Vine: Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Enter trouble. Enter the serpent, who presented a different choice. God has already warned them not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. They had the free run of everything else there--just not that tree. The serpent raised doubt in what God had said. Yet they knew what God had said. The serpent then hinted of different consequences to eating of the tree, thus hinting that God could not be trusted, that He was holding something back from them that they needed, something that would be good for them. And then they proceeded to exert their independence from God, thinking they knew better. And so enter the curses, life beyond God's desire for His creation. And so entered shame and fear.
Adam and Eve had already been naked but felt no shame (Genesis 2:25); now the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But God sought them out! Then they wanted to play the blame game. But still, in spite of their bad choices (for now they keep choosing bad by trying to cover up what they did), He gave a promise, His provision. His grace was even in the Garden! What if they had repented right then and there? But God offered hope--"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring (seed) and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel (Genesis 3:15)."
In His love, God gives us choices; we are not His puppets. And in His love, He looked ahead as He is all-seeing, all-knowing and made provision for our sin. He wants us as His children, not estranged but living in His light, His life, His blessing. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
We still hear God's voice, His call to us, through His servant Moses: . . . Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life. . . (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20).
Note: There will be no Wine next week. Kenny and I leave for California tomorrow to minister at the Lake Arrowhead CFO. We would appreciate your prayers for our travel and for our ministry at the camp. Thank you! And we pray you have a wonderful week right where you are, as well.