Friday, June 23, 2017

day no. 14,123: once ignorable objects

Genesis 3:6
So 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.
 
Sin always tries to make anything off limits seem more attractive merely by its unattainability. It makes things once ignorable into objects of infatuation by their allusiveness. The tree looked the same before the serpent spoke as it did afterward, but it looked differently to Eve after he had placed his spin on things.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

day no. 14,122: prideful aspiration vs humble condescension

Genesis 3:4-5
4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
 
The essence of sin is substituting oneself for God. The essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for us. The Fall was a product of prideful aspiration and the Cross was a product of humble condescension.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

day no. 14,121: a crack in the seal

Genesis 3:2-3
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

God never told Eve that she could not touch the tree. Eve added that. But when we defend God by adding to His instruction, we actually take away from His authority. It's called subtraction by addition. We give the serpent a crack in the seal into which he inserts some dirt into an otherwise pure environment.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

day no. 14,120: information vs. insurrection

Genesis 3:1
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

It isn't a sin to ask God questions, but questioning God's intentions can lead to sin. The serpent wasn't looking for information, he was inciting an insurrection.

Monday, June 19, 2017

day no. 14,119: covenant oneness

Genesis 2:24-25
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

As attached as a son is to his family by the blood that runs through his veins, he becomes more attached to his wife by the oneness that runs through his covenant. By way of illustration, a grown man would be embarrassed to be naked in the presence of his parents, but excited to be naked in the presence of his wife.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

day no. 14,118: men, mud and marriage

Genesis 2:18-23
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”

All the Lord has made from the ground could not be found fit to help Adam. Only that which God made from him, that which shared his nature down to the bone, was sufficient to help and to complement him. While man was made out of the ground, woman was made out of man. Man had a relationship to the ground before he had a relationship with her. That from which he was formed held a particular place in his personhood. He was to work and keep, to conquer and cultivate the world. But not by himself. So woman was made from man and bears a particular relation to that from which she was formed. She was to help and to complete her husband.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

day no. 14,117: life before wives

Genesis 2:15
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Before the man was given a wife, he was given work: tp conquer and to cultivate. The garden needed to be worked if it was going to bring forth fruit and it required commitment if it were to maintain a state of fruitfulness. Planting and pruning were part of life before wives and before sin.