Sunday, 10 June 2018

Would you Adam and Eve it?

The reading in church today was about Adam and Eve. You know how the story goes ...

There they were, Adam and Eve going around happily in the Garden of Eden totally naked and not worrying about anything, except perhaps getting too close to the cactus, or standing near a hot radiator or oven.

They were enjoying their nakedness when one day they met a snake!

Now I don't know about you, but if I were naked and met a snake I'd quickly cover up my bits in case he took a bite.  

If the snake actually talked to me ... well ... I'd probably poop in my non-existing pants rather than engage in conversation with him.

Anyway ... what I don't understand is, after they ate the forbidden fruit, how did Adam and Eve know which are the naughty bits they should cover?

Why not cover their knees for instance? Or their elbows?

Can you imagine? If they'd covered their noses instead; today we'd all be going around naked wearing our underpants on our noses!

Anyway ... having distracted myself with these nude thoughts, let us get back to today's reading about Adam and Eve and their sin (which was not staring at each others rude bits).

I noticed, not for the first time I might add, that they did not in fact eat from an apple tree. No where in the story does it say what tree it was. It could have been my favourite mango fruit, or pineapples perhaps, or a variety of other fruits. All it says is that it was a fruit tree.

Which led me to think: would they have been tempted if it was a broccoli tree?

Yes I know broccoli is not a tree. Don't side track me. I was only thinking and I don't claim to always think logically.

As I was saying before you interrupted me.

Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree and committed their first sin.

Now a lot of us consider this to be the sin of disobedience; which in fact it was. But this is not the most serious sin which they committed.

Their major sin was that they wanted to be like God. That's what the snake (devil) had fooled them into believing. They will be like God. They will know good from bad.

To some extent that's what happened. They got to know good from bad, right from wrong, and suffered the consequences.

I suspect that these days there are many who do not really know right from wrong; or choose not to care. But that's another story.

What is important about the Adam and Eve story is how it affects us in our lives.

How often do we also try to act like gods? And want things our way?

If only I could get that job, or that promotion at work, or get so and so to love me, or ...

Why can't other people see it my way? And do as I say? I know I'm right and people should obey me.

Dear God, Thy will be done as long as it is what I want. Please do this, or let me have that or ...

There are too many people wishing to serve God in an advisory capacity. It is almost as if they want to be God.

We say we believe in Him and yet we tell Him, often, what to do. Rather than trust Him to know better the difference between our wants and our needs.

This does not mean that we should not pray to God and ask Him for things. Christ encouraged us to do so in the Lord's Prayer. And as a loving Father, God likes to hear our prayers and respond, sometimes, to our requests.

But let our requests be for our needs, not wants. And let us have the humility to understand that sometimes He may say "No" or "Not now ... I have something better for you!"

Let God be God. And let us be His trusting children.

He did not ask us to understand Him. Only to love and trust Him.
Now get those underpants off your nose and get dressed!

21 comments:

  1. This post brings a whole new meaning to the Sunday funnies in the paper, Victor. :) And yes, too many times we think we know what's best, when only God does. May we let go and let Him always.
    Blessings!

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    1. That's the sad thing, Martha. Too many people want to be gods and ask Him to do things their way rather than rely on His wisdom and love.

      God bless you.

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  2. Regretfully, I recognized myself. "Thy will be done," uttered with fingers crossed.
    As ever, I appreciate your thought-provoking vignettes!

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    1. Thank you for your generous and kind compliment Mevely. I try to combine humour with a serious message. We all tend to make the same mistakes in wanting to control God's will.

      May God bless you always.

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  3. That sentence, ‘wearing our underpants on our noses’ made me chuckle, as did this article. Wonderful read, thank you Victor.

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    1. Thank you Denise. I never quite understood how they knew which bits to cover up.

      God bless.

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  4. My new favorite post, Victor. Wonderfully written!

    God gently removed me from his advisory committee a long time ago. I can definitely relate.


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    1. Thank you for your kindness and nice comment, Chris. God bless you always.

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  5. Pineapples also don't grow on trees. What sticks out at me about that passage every time I read is how they both try to shift the blame. Adam says it's the girl who made him do it and Eve says it's the snake. No one made them do it. They just did.

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    1. Manny, it really had nothing to do with a pine and/or apples... Truth be known, "I" believe that "IT" was the pair, "I" mean the pear on the ground! As far as Adam and Eve not accepting that they sinned... Well! What's knew "I" mean new with 'you man "IT" He' "I" mean humanity? Long story short, in the beginning, it really wasn't a snake who spoke to St Eve, "I" mean Steve... NO, NO, "I" meant to say that Eve didn't know that "IT" really was only a so call invisible talking jealous angel of Wo MAN... Longer story shorter... "IT" was GOD (Good Old Dad) only who knew about those demon angels who were planning against us (usual sinners) "I" mean us godly cells had no choice but to help WoMan turn these invisible creatures into snakes who smoke grass, "I" mean snakes in the gress and and................................................................and..................................................................................................and.. .

      END, END, END YA SAY sinner vic? DON'T BE LIKE THAT! BE NICE NOW!

      GO FIGURE HUMANITY NOWADAYS!?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7_8iHaGbP8

      WHO'S LAUGHING?

      God Bless All His Children

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    2. It really is nice to see you visiting here again ... both of you ... Manny and Victor.

      God bless.

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  6. The way this started, I never would have guessed how you would make us see that we're all Adams and Eves at points in our lives. But you have, and thank you for this, Victor. I'll rap myself on the knuckles with it when I go this way!

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    1. It's great to see you visiting me here, Caitlynne. Thank you. And God bless you always for your kind comment.

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  7. Love when a good message is delivered with humor! I think we know right from wrong, but go with the ignore it as a species. We make Christ our Savior, but few of us make him Lord of our lives. And by the way, I'm with you on how I'd react to a talking snake...or a silent one for that matter.

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    1. Hi Stacy,

      Great to see you here again. Thanx. Yes, we do indeed forget that He is Lord of our lives.

      God bless you.

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  8. I enjoyed your homily. Earlier this week I read this in "One Day at a Time in Al Anon"..."Prayer is not the act of giving directions to God, but to ask to learn His will."
    Have a good week.

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    1. It's great to see you visiting me here Marigold. Thank you. Please call again soon.

      God bless you.

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  9. The age old struggle--trying to fill God's shoes. We all think, "I can handle this, God, I will call you when I am in over my head." HOW foolish we can be! We are over our heads the moment our head emerges in this world!
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Yes, you are right, Lulu. Yet, it is a lesson so difficult to learn.

      God bless you.

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  10. "Can you imagine? If they'd covered their noses instead; today we'd all be going around naked wearing our underpants on our noses!"

    Hahah! HA!

    That is an enduring mental image. I am cringing and giggling.

    The knowledge of what is good and what is evil comes from God. Sometimes we don't like to listen to Him and switch them around. It always causes pain.

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    1. Yes indeed, Sandi. We ignore God at our peril.

      As for going naked with underpants on our noses ... ... ...

      God bless.

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