OK LORD, What is THAT about?

So, It’s a new year and I’ve decided to read the entire bible [which I’ve never done] by following the Daily Reading plan created by Robert Roberts. [I listen to it from the KJV Audiobible on my ipod touch and read along.]Last week when I re-read the “Fall of Man” [Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit] I bookmarked certain scriptures because I noticed God commanded Adam not to eat of the fruit, NOT Eve…Genesis 2
16-17God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.”Eve wasn’t created until six verses later.

Genesis 2
21-22 God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.

I also noticed that when the tempter came, he did not go to Adam, the one who had received the instructions directly from God, he went to Eve.

Genesis 3
1 The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”

Not to mention, when Eve replied, she didn’t exactly repeat God.

Genesis 3
2-3 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.'”

When God is giving the instruction to Man, does God say you can’t “touch” the tree or the fruit?

But lastly and more importantly when Eve gave the fruit to Adam, instead of saying, “NO! God said we can’t”, he complied.

Genesis 3
6 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.

Have you ever wondered how the story of creation and/or your life might be today if Adam responded differently? Have you ever paid attention to the fact that they didn’t realize they were naked until Adam ate the fruit?

Genesis 3
7 Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.

The scripture says immediately after ADAM ate the fruit, because nothing happened immediately after Eve ate, other than her handing the fruit to Adam…

Again, I bookmarked these scriptures to do a special study with these scriptures but only when the time came…

Not even a week later, I’m reading about Abram and I notice an uncanny resemblance in the two stories…

Don’t we all know the story of Father Abraham? No? Ok…
God promises–no; more than promises, God entered into a sacred blood covenant with Abram guaranteeing He’d give Abram a son.

Genesis 15
2-3 Abram said, “God, Master, what use are your gifts as long as I’m childless and Eliezer of Damascus is going to inherit everything?” Abram continued, “See, you’ve given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all.” 4 Then God’s Message came: “Don’t worry, he won’t be your heir; a son from your body will be your heir.”
8 Abram said, “Master God, how am I to know this, that it will all be mine?”
17-21 When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses. That’s when God made a covenant with Abram…

But what does Sarai do? Because she hasn’t conceived she tells Abram to sleep with her handmaid to start a family. But again more importantly, what did Abram do? He complies.

Genesis 16
1-2 Sarai, Abram’s wife, hadn’t yet produced a child. She had an Egyptian maid named Hagar. Sarai said to Abram, “God has not seen fit to let me have a child. Sleep with my maid. Maybe I can get a family from her.” Abram agreed to do what Sarai said.

What would have happened if Abram had said to Sarai, especialy since he was the one God was in covenant with, “NO! I’m not sleeping with your maid. God promised me a child and He doesn’t need any help!”

Do you see the major similarities in the stories?

God spoke to Man. God commanded or promised and essentially came into agreement with Man. Woman was tempted. [Sarai was definitely tempted by something to offer her man up…]
Woman makes suggestion to Man. And instead of Man shutting it down by responding with..”NO! Thus says the LORD…” Man complies.

Now THAT does equal the Fall of Man!

But seriously Lord, what is THAT about?

Are you trying to show us that it is just as important, if not more important, that women are grounded and familiar with Your Word because we have just THAT much influence over the men in our lives? And that the men should put their feet down and refuse to comply to their woman’s suggestions if they go against Your Word?

I think that’s EXACTLY what you’re saying Lord!

Soo Ladies:
As much as we go around saying we want a man who truly has God at the center of his life, let’s make sure we hear and understand what God has to say too so we don’t continue guiding our men down paths that separate them from God. Lets learn to be the HELPmate’s God created us to be.

And to the men:
When God gives you specific instructions, follow them! Even though you may have shared those instructions with the woman in your life, the instruction was given to you! When you do share may sure your woman understands them correctly. [That calls for some good communication] And even if you think you’ve properly communicated with her, if she suggests something even remotely different than what God has promised, shut it down! Do NOT let her move you off of God’s words. God will still bless you and keep His word but what unnecessary drama will you have added if you stray? You answer should not only be, “I don’t know” but also “I don’t want to know!”

Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her!”
Maya Angelou

If you have any other ideas or thoughts please leave a comment. I’m interested in seeing how YOU interpret it all!

ℒℴѵℯ,

Denyce Nikole

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