Earlier this evening I was contemplating what took place in the Garden of Eden.
Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2: 9 CJB.
“Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it. Adonai, God, gave the person this order: ‘You may eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it. because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.” Genesis 2: 15-17 CJB.
“Adonai, God, said, ‘It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” Genesis 2: 18 CJB.
We had everything we needed in that garden. We had all kinds of trees throughout the garden that were available for food and the One who created it all was the Source from which we get our nourishment from. He is the Source of all that we need. We were not short of anything. All the serpent had to do was twist this with deception to plant a seed of destruction.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai, God, had made. he said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’? The woman answered the serpent, ‘We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, ‘You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’ The serpent said to the woman, ‘It is not true that you will surely die; because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate.” Genesis 2: 1-6 CJB.
Notice that the serpent weaves lies throughout everything he says. He laid the bait to get her to speak with him by asking if she wasn’t allowed to eat from any tree in the garden, not just the one. Then the serpent states that the consequence of death was not true because God knows that on the day they ate from it, their eyes would be opened and they would be like God, knowing good and evil.
It is interesting that the serpent began to set the tone and sow discord and deception by accusing God of not allowing her to eat from any tree. Then he used her desire for knowledge and wisdom as the bait.
Eve began to reason that since the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and it was desirable for making one wise.
They could have eaten from any other tree that was also pleasing in appearance and good for food. They also had access to God himself for wisdom and knowledge.
“They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,…” Genesis 3: 8 CJB.
God walked in the cool of the day in the garden. He walked among them. He was Emmanuel, “God with us” in that garden.
He is the Source of provision for all we need, including wisdom and knowledge.
But…Eve and Adam took the bait from the serpent and thirsted for another well.
To restore all that was broken in that garden and to defeat death once and for all, Jesus, the Son of God, our Messiah and Bridegroom came and rescued us. All throughout the Gospels in the New Testament, He demonstrates over and over that He is the Source and calls for us to come back to Him.
We thirst. Oh, how we thirst.
And so many of us, myself included, have drank from other wells and eaten the fruit from other trees. That party, that drink, that drug, that one night stand, that extra dollar, that trophy, that title, that bet, that trip, that yoga session, that tarot card reading, that fortune teller, that power ball ticket, the sleepless nights, the compulsion, that craving for identity that we try to fill with the serpents, “Did God really say?“.
But Jesus changes everything…
“Yeshua (Jesus) answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!” John 4: 13-14 CJB.
What is the enemy tempting you with today? What area is the serpent whispering, “Did God really say?” God has given you all that you need in your garden. God has given you all who you need. Don’t give in to the lies of the enemy that try to lure you to another tree.
May we throw away the sin that causes us to thirst again.
May we come to Jesus, the Source, for our water. It is Living Water. Taste and see that the Lord is good! It springs up inside of us and wells up into eternal life.
What do you desire? What questions do you have?
Call out to Jesus and bring your desires and questions before Him. Don’t give in to temptation to go to another source.
Return to Him and He will be return to you.
Our Bridegroom is…
“Like an apple tree among the other trees in the forest is my darling among the other men. I love to sit in his shadow; his fruit is sweet to my taste. He brings me to the banquet hall; his banner over me is love. Sustain me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.” Song of Solomon 2: 3-5 CJB.