Okay, we know how God created Eve out of Adam’s side and placed her in the beautiful garden paradise to be Adam’s help meet. Everything was provided for them and they walked and talked with God daily. They were pure and innocent until – Enter Evil!!
This entry will show the character of the serpent and what he may have looked like, and the consequences he and Adam and Eve would face because of their actions. It will include the first time God commanded wives to submit to their husbands. I will also give suggestions as to how Eve could have done differently, and how we can avoid giving in to temptations today. Let’s have some fun and do a little imagining as well.
Genesis 3:1-3 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman…
All through Scripture we find how the marriage union between the man and woman is a picture of the relationship between God and His children. In the Old Testament, Israel is pictured as the wife of Yahweh. When Israel became adulterous and worshiped other gods, she was described as a harlot – Jeremiah 3:1 “They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” ( See also Ezekiel 23)
Israel’s spiritual unfaithfulness became so disgusting in God’s eyes that He issued a writing of divorcement – Jeremiah 3:8 “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” This was actually more of what we might call a separation, because God in His great love for His chosen people could not bear to cut Israel off without a promise of renewal – Hosea 2:14-20; 5:15 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”; “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”
The Book of Revelation and the Epistles, describe the church as the Bride of Christ. The experience of taking a bride is similar for both Adam and Christ–Adam was put to sleep; Christ was laid in a tomb. When Christ came to earth in human form, He left His Father. When He began His earthly ministry and ultimately died on the Cross, he left his mother. This was for the purpose of cleaving to the object of His love–His people. As each sinner receives Jesus into their heart, they become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”
The entire focus and course of a life is changed both by marriage and a personal experience with Jesus Christ. Marriage – 1 Corinthians 7:3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.”, and becoming a child of God – Mark 8:34 “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”; 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”; 1 Corinthians 7:23 “Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.”
Both marriage and becoming a child of God demand death to self and accountability to God and to others. A wife or husband cannot be faithful to more than one partner, just as a Christian cannot serve any other God – Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
When we become believers, we ought have no hesitation in giving ourselves completely and totally to God, because of the high price He paid for our souls – 1 Peter 1:18, 19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” God has given ALL He has to give; He now rightly expects our ALL in response – Romans 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
In marriage two hearts are grafted together, making them dependent on each other for life. This is illustrated in John 15, with Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches. Through the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and His control in the life of both partners, this picture of marriage and the parallel relationship of Christ and his Bride come into focus. The Holy Spirit fills and fulfills both.
When we compare our relationship with our LORD to the marriage relationship, it makes it so much easier to understand His great love for each and every individual soul and life of the human race.
How wonderfully less stressful it can be for us if we truly understand that our great God Jehovah is indeed faithful to His children. He may not always answer when or how we think He should, but remember, He knows everything. We do not.
Today’s verses are more of God’s faithful promises to us as expressed by David the Psalmist. Isn’t it uplifting that with all of God’s promises, come His blessings as well?
1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (It can be very difficult for us humans to wait patiently on the LORD, especially in times that we think are times of dire need. If we will stop in those moments and turn to His promises in His Word, we will see these promises and therefore we are more able to wait patiently. I could not help by notice how David used the word ‘inclined’ -Bend or turn (one’s ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well. I am ever amazed at how our Lord God and Creator of all things values each and every one of us so much that He is ever listening well to our petitions and our thoughts. Oh how He loves us!)
2 “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (There are times in ALL our lives when we may stumble or wander off the straight and narrow. The consequences can hold us in sinful bondage that is likened to a horrible pit of miry clay. When I think back on those times in my own life, I still experience the darkness that came with the sin of having returned to the evils of this world, and I tremble and pray, “Lord please never let me go there again, no matter what happens in this life.” It was His Spirit that convicted and convinced me of my need to repent and remember my First Love in Christ, and He did indeed set my feet upon His Rock, just as we as parents pick our children up when they fall, and set them back on their feet. He establishes my goings each day. I just need to spend time with Him and listen.)
3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Oh my, how He does put a new song in our hearts, and when we sing it, or live it out in our lives, others notice and have a reverencing fear that leads them to trust in God also. They want what we have. “Oh How He Loves You and Me!”)
4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Once we decide to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we will be constantly attacked by our enemy and God’s enemy whom I will not even name. We all know who that is. Many times he will work through the pride and lies of others. But, if we make the LORD our trust, and give no ear to them, His power will overcome. The enemy is very good at placing thoughts in our minds, but we must remember that Jesus gave us His helmet at our Salvation. He won the battle of the mind on the Cross! We must daily put on the whole armor of God as laid out in Ephesians 6. At the name of Jesus and Jehovah God, evil MUST flee!)
Wow! Another wonderful promise from God’s Word! How comforting and stress-free it is when we take hold of promises like this instead of trying to muddle through life on our own. I am trying to get better at memorizing verses God leads me to in areas He knows I need help in; things I need to totally give to Him. He calls them to my mind when I need them most.
I also started a little book of promises from His Word that has been so very helpful to me when my mind will not shut up and listen. This is one of them:
Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
We can all take much comfort from this promise! We must really try and understand that God is always in control, even when we go outside of His protection. He allows all things, sometimes to teach us lessons and sometimes to make us more like Jesus.
The LORD truly is on our side. Man can only harm us emotionally if we allow it. Thank you Jesus for this reminder:
Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”
I am learning more and more that when I am feeling hurt or offended by others, I can just lift the others and the situation up to the Lord and He always, always takes care of it. Sometimes it is to teach me to be a better friend, and sometimes it is to teach me that maybe I should not be so quick to call some friend. The only true friend we will ever need is Jesus.
Each New Year brings me reminders of the many wonderful promises God gives us in His Word. I cannot think of a better way to begin afresh than to look at some of those promises.
Today’s promise comes from Psalm 145:13, 18
“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations…The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
Isn’t it great to know that God’s Kingdom is everlasting (forever and ever) and that His dominion (God has all power and authority) endures throughout all generations.
Notice how David did not stop at, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” he added “to all that call upon him in truth.” God is always near and ready to hear and answer our prayers. If God answers the desires of all living things, as it is written in verse 16 of this chapter, how much more will He fulfill the desires of those who fear (reverence and obey) Him?! As Matthew Henry said, “…he that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.” He will hear the prayers of His children who are striving to live right and obey His Word. We cannot hold on to any sin and expect God to hear our prayers. All sin breaks our fellowship with our Holy God.
So we can trust that God Jehovah will always be in control and have all authority over all things in this world. I know there are times when we find that hard to believe. Times when it may seem as though evil is winning. Trust me, it is not! God promises us that He is THE authority. And we know how the story ends!
Thank you Lord for your promise that your great kingdom and your control and authority will reign forever! We have an enemy and he knows that his time is short. We have a wonderful hope that his time will end and he is the great loser!
It may be difficult for our human psyche to grasp the word everlasting. Our finite minds just cannot completely understand. It is forever and forever and forever…
I am reading Isaiah and part of this morning’s reading was Chapter 51:9-11:
“9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? 10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? 11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
Now if those words do not get your hearts pounding with great hope for our eternal destiny as children of God Jehovah, I don’t know what ever would! And look at the last phrase – “sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” What great hope we have in God’s wonderful promises!