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Read Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7


Read Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7

15 Then the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. 16He said to him, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, 17except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.k You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.”

3  Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”
2 “We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, 3“except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”
4 The snake replied, “That’s not true; you will not die. 5God said that, because he knows that when you eat it you will be like Godm and know what is good and what is bad.”n
6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it. 7As soon as they had eaten it, they were given understanding and realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves.

Think

Talking snakes are a real problem.  They tell us stories that sound true and good – but are far from it. The snake makes Adam and Eve doubt God’s good plan – and love for them. They choose to listen to the snake, rather than God.

Pray

Lord, there are many talking snakes in my life.  Snakes that tell me I’m not good enough; I’m not loved enough – Let me hear your voice louder than the voice of these snakes.
Amen.


k knowledge of what is good and what is bad; or knowledge of everything.
3.1: Rev 12:9; 20:2
m God; or the gods.
n know what is good and what is bad; or know everything.

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