Day 1 of my Snippet Slog Through the Old Testament. Not a scholarly verse by verse, chapter by chapter “slog” but what I believe God has in his mind for my mind.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
• Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
I admit it, I’m defensive. Eve has become our first picture of what sinful, lustful, greedy AND manipulative looks like. No wonder I’m defensive.
There is no way to dispute the fact that Eve (and Adam) are NOT Godless. They’re right there with God, firsthand, face to face, in a perfect environment. This story is also our picture of the first chink in what it means to be Godly. That’s why it’s called “original” sin. They made it up!
It wasn’t like Eve had called Adam to dinner and served up a tasty dish without telling him where it came from. Remember that phrase: “who was with her?” I read more and look at this! Genesis 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” That first picture of Eve? It’s the same as the first picture of Adam. This must be where the old saying “sin loves company” comes from.
I began what I call a timid [because I’m just me, not a scholar] and limited snippet [because what I read is often far less than a whole chapter] slog [because it’s hard] in the Old Testament last year. I wanted to explore the human identity of some of the main characters of the Bible that I pretty much skip over to get to Jesus. They often seem so remote to me but they’ve become heroic examples of what faith looked like in the “good old days;” days so much closer to the memories of God’s miraculous intervention in the lives of real people.
I wanted to look at them as people who didn’t always get it right the first time and see what happened in their lives. Some stayed faithful and learned from their mistakes and some just let their worry or anger destroy them. You know, people just like us. People knowing and believing God but held back by flaws, or maybe just indifference, from becoming what God created them to be. This is exactly where many of us find ourselves. This word journey is my attempt to see how God moved them, and still can move us, from being satisfied with being “not Godless, but not Godly either.”
I am absolutely convinced that there is a process God has designed for the purpose of revealing himself to those who care to look and listen. It involves his Word, the Holy Spirit and time. At least this is how it works for me. I read Scripture, I watch for the mental “stop sign” in those words that says “notice me.” Those are the things I copy and paste into my iPad journal from my online Bible. Yes, I’m a geek. I type, I think, I backspace [a lot] and then I think and type some more until there seems to be a completion of the thoughts I believe the Holy Spirit has brought to my mind. My journey with you with begins with these posts I call my Snippet Slog Through the Old Testament. I want to hear what God might have to say to you from what I think He’s said to me.
It brings a smile to my face to imagine that God can use that oft repeated cell phone phrase, Can You Hear Me Now, as an object lesson for me and I hope for you. I want to listen, I want to hear, but sometimes I just have to quit moving and stay in one place for good reception. I hope you’ll read these blogs and ponder them for yourself. One thing is absolute though, God is faithful to ask the question, “can you hear me now?”