“[The serpent] spoke to the Woman: ‘Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?’ The Woman said to the serpent, ‘Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’’ The serpent told the Woman, ‘You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.’ When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it – she’d know everything! – she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.”
(Genesis 3:1-6, The Message)
The serpent promised Eve new eyes to see what God sees. Adam and Eve got a new perspective after they ate the fruit – yes, they were! – but it wasn’t God’s perspective. The serpent taught them to doubt God’s goodness, to suspect hidden agendas beneath the straightforward commands God gave for their happiness. The serpent taught them, in short, to find misery where God had intended only good from them. For us.
No longer comfortable with their new knowledge and perspective, Adam and Eve hid from God. They believed that the shame they were experiencing must reflect God’s true view of them. The serpent, after all, had told them that eating the forbidden fruit would open their eyes. The terrible irony is that before they ate the fruit, Adam and Eve already had a god-like view of the world they inhabited. The serpent took away the very thing he promised to give.
Since that day in the Garden, our perspective has been shewed. We find it very hard to believe what may be the simplest, most fundamental truth of all: God loves us, and He wants what is best for us. Don’t forget that!
THINK BIG. START SMALL GO DEEP.