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My Spam Folder

I never know quite what to do with the comments that are placed in my spam folder.  Judging by some of the names of the senders they do seem to be spam and not meant for my blog.  I never want to discount a comment someone is making from their heart.  If you recently left a comment and I didn’t post it you may leave it again and I will post it.  I appreciate so much the spam filters that catch those comments not meant for my blog. 

Blessings to all of you!


Genesis 3:2-3

The first thing I thought of when I read these two verses was “You go girl!!!”  The serpent tried to cast doubt on the truth of God’s words to her and she had no part of it!  When he says, “Did God really say?” she immediately says, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 

I love reading God’s Word and focusing on only a verse or two.  I know you have to be careful not to take it out of context but sometimes taking a close up look allows God to also show me even more clearly who He is.  When I have read this chapter of Genesis before, I have put all of the blame on that old deceiving serpent.  Yes, I know that Eve disobeyed God and she shouldered the responsibility of that decision but I focused on how the serpent deceived poor Eve.  Today in her answer I see very clearly that though saten tried to cast doubt about what God had said she knew exactly what God had said.  No where here does the Word say that Eve had second thoughts about what God had said or meant when He said it. 

So what do I learn about God in verses 2 & 3?  I see that He is a God who states clearly to us how to live.  He doesn’t speak in confusing ways that leave any wiggle room for us when saten comes tempting. If we listen and pay attention He gives us what we need to know and the consequences of not doing it.  We can blame that old serpent with the “devil made me do it” mentality if we want but it is bogus.  The truth of the matter is it is our responsibility to be in God’s Word and know what He wants us to do and how He wants us to live and believe those things are for our own good.  We need to take responsibility as to who is really responsible when we sin.  We are and no one else.  I am so very thankful for my awesome loving God who gave His only begotten Son that all who believe shall not die but have eternal life. (John 3:16) That was His unselfish sacrifice for Eve’s decision that day in chapter 3 and it is His unselfish sacrifice for the decisions I make that need His forgiveness.

Let’s continue on in this chapter.  As painful as it is it is such an important part of God’s Word and such an important part of the foundation of His awesome love healing the sin, brokenness and failure in my life and the lives of all who believe.  I look forward to your thoughts!

Genesis 3:1

As we ended chapter 2 of Genesis we ended with the fact that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden and lived a life of no shame. That still boggles my mind! I think shame has colored my life in ways I am only beginning to comprehend at age 64.  I think it does in many people’s lives.  In fact one of the biggest lies of saten the deceiver is we should feel ashamed.  Oh for sure there are many things in my life that would give me great cause for shame but when I allow the shame of past, present or future sins to keep me wallowing in shame and self degradation I am missing out on the free gift of grace and forgiveness that accompanied Christ’s death of the cross for me.  There is a difference between shame and the conviction by the Holy Spirit of sin in my life.  I have a God who loves me totally and all He wants to do when I have sinned is forgive me and allow us to start fresh.  He doesn’t want one drop of His precious Son’s blood to be wasted!  He wants us to be free to be all He has planned!  What an awesome God we serve!!!

Ok!  I know I have to move on to chapter 3 and today and I think I am stalling.  I hate what saten did in the garden to Adam and Eve as much as I hate what He tries to do to us today.  I am only going to look at verse 1.  “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.”

Smith’s Bible Name Dictionary on on serpent:

“The Hebrew word nachash is the generic name of any serpent. The following are the principal biblical allusions to this animal its subtlety is mentioned in (Genesis 3:1) its wisdom is alluded to by our Lord in (Matthew 10:18) the poisonous properties of some species are often mentioned, see (Psalms 58:4; Proverbs 25:32) the sharp tongue of the serpent is mentioned in (Psalms 140:3; Job 20:16) the habit serpents have of lying concealed in hedges and in holes of walls is alluded to in (Ecclesiastes 10:8) their dwelling in dry sandy places, in (8:10) their wonderful mode of progression did not escape the observation of the author of (Proverbs 30:1) … who expressly mentions it as “one of the three things which were too wonderful for him.” ver.. The art of taming and charming serpents is of great antiquity, and is alluded to in (Psalms 58:5; Ecclesiastes 10:11; Jeremiah 8:17) and doubtless intimated by St. James, (James 3:7) who particularizes serpents among all other animals that “have been tamed by man.” It was under the form of a serpent that the devil seduced Eve; hence in Scripture Satan is called “the old serpent.” (Revelation 12:9) and comp. Cor 11:3 Hence, as a fruit of the tradition of the Fall, the serpent all through the East became the emblem of the spirit of evil, and is so pictured even on the monuments of Egypt.”

The word crafty in verse one from the College Press NIV Commentary online (I just googled, Hebrew word for crafty and got it.)

“The Hebrew word arum is translated crafty (NIV) but is used elsewhere in the Old Testament in a positive sense of wisdom or adroitness.  The implication seems to be that the perpetrator of the Fall, the serpent, tempts the original human pair to try to find wisdom without God.”

So, what does all of that tell us about God?  Does it feel a bit like after creating them He just stepped away?  Where is God when that crafty old serpent was talking to Eve?  He said to her, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  Was our omnipotent God watching?  Did the crafty serpent get the best of God? That doesn’t sound like my God to me. He told Joshua in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  I believe He was right there all the time. That crafty old serpent was deceiving His beloved child and I know my God well enough from experience and His Word of truth that He didn’t take His eyes off Eve and miss the exchange.  We know the story so well…did it break His heart or was He already setting in motion how He was going to save them from this huge mistake that not only affected them but also all future generations.    

Well, we will look a bit further into chapter 3 next time.  I would love to hear what you see in Genesis 3:1 about our awesome God.

Genesis 2:25

“The man and his wife were both naked and they felt no shame.”

Wow!  I think this one little sentence speaks volumes about our loving God.  Many times as I have read this verse I have thought only about their not being ashamed of their nakedness.  Let’s go deeper.  They felt no shame!!! I wonder what life was like, as God intended it to be when He created them.  I can’t imagine the freedom of living in no shame.  What a wonderful thing that would be. I know in my life there are many things I have done that make me feel ashamed.  When they come to mind they can consume me and only through God’s grace and forgiveness can I find peace.  Saten loves to beat me up about those things too.  Out of the blue one of his fiery darts of shame slam into my mind and heart with devastating force.  It’s as if it all just happened today.  Praise our God and His awesome love!  He has taken care of it.  Jesus took our shame and the sins that cause it upon Himself on the cross.  Thank you Jesus!  Because you died for me I am forgiven from past, present and all future sins.  That is amazing!  I, this shameful sinner, can live a life that my Loving God planned.  Because of Him I can be free of the bondage of shame.  Oh yes, Saten will continue to shoot the fiery darts at me but when they land I can reject the pain and shame and say thank you Jesus.  Thank you that I can live in your love, peace and freedom from shame.  Thank you for forgiving me.   I so love you!  I so, so Love you!