More Than We Can Chew
As a body of believers we’ve become quite accustomed to the wilderness. We have become adept in our craftsmanship and have strengthened our ability to create castles of comfort, out of catastrophic circumstances. We can either high praise the pioneering of civilization or accept the reality that we are merely coping with the consequences of our ancestors failures. We have great capacity for anguish and justify our suffering by associating value to that which lay in secret. We fight to obtain knowledge.
“Out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.”
The were two trees in the midst of the garden. Both were pleasant to the sight but one would give “Life” and the other would give “The Knowledge of Good and Evil”. I don’t believe that the association between appearance and sustenance happened by mere coincidence. We consume with our eyes in advance, causing our appetites to manifest themselves in a salivating desire. The flesh of the post-fall human, fights for precedence and gives every fiber of its being, to see the subjection of the heart and mind to its supposed superiority. Our great creator knew the audacity of our dermis and the threat it would pose to humanity.
“You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
For God created a landscape of beauty and sustenance subject to the hands of its caretakers. In this humble picture of vulnerability, the prototype of humanity was delegated authority and set to reign over Eden in partnership with God. In the boundary lines of Eden, God gave existence to a freedom that enabled man to commune with His manifest presence. Sometimes there is great beauty in that which dwells in contradiction. There is nothing more liberating than the strength that is felt, through the hard embrace of our holy Father.
Being privileged with “free will” we have the ability to choose freedom and remain within the boundary lines of God’s embrace. This also means that we have the capacity to break His hold and pursue the knowledge of good and evil in hopes of governing ourselves. The enemy comes to us with the full intention of having our authority and dominion stripped from us, as he incepts doubt through manipulative questions.
“Did God ACTUALLY say that you shall not eat of any tree in the garden?”
The gravity that weighs upon this question pulls with an immeasurable force. Who are we to question the goodness of the one who has provided us with the air we breath? Have we forgotten, that hadn’t our creator breathed the air into our lungs we would still be a lifeless form of clay, left drying to dust, only to be carried away by the wind? Where do we get this impression that we can escape the curse that was placed upon us? Do we not deserve to be cast from heaven and cursed to grovel on our belly as we labor against the dust of the earth? We are the ones that were gullible enough to believe the serpent when he said,
“You will NOT surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it(fruit) your eyes will be opened, and you will be LIKE God, knowing good and evil.”
What better way to manipulate a person than by striking your attack against the sincere affinity that lives within us, to be like our creator. The arrows of fire aim to inflame the human desire to be noticed and affirmed. In this war of emotions, we are fed a rhetoric of independence. Insinuating that if we consume the fruit we can go forward making decisions out of our newly obtained, opinionated intellect. We lift up our offerings in a hope to get our Father’s approval to shine upon our face.
“Seeing that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, we took of its fruit.”
We consciously went against the command of our Lord God and found ourselves expelled from the garden of His embrace. This fruit that seemed to have such a succulent appeal, left us with a bitter mouthful, choking on offense.