Random Ramblings: February 11, 2017

Last Sunday I finished a series of five sermons on the Image of God and what being made in His image means to each of us. I’m happy to report that by all accounts, it was a success. In this series I used my blog series on the subject from last February as a guide as I went along, but of course, I had to leave a great deal of material out for the sermon series because of the constraints of time.

As I was going through this series once again, something struck me this time that I hadn’t emphasized last year, and I thought I’d share it with you now…

Do you recall the story back in Genesis chapter three of the Fall? Here, let me help you recall how it went:

Imagine that you are in the Garden of Eden. Relax, block everything else out and try to see the scene in your mind’s eye. The air is warm; you can hear the rustle of the leaves as the breeze moves through the Garden. Oh my, how green everything is!  And yes, all over the place are the amazing colors of God’s brush in all of those flowers, why they are so amazing… simply out of this world… and the aroma of their perfume is almost dreamlike. As we move near the center of the Garden we can see Eve near those two trees that God planted there. Look she’s talking with someone, someone kind of funny looking, why he looks kind of serpentine, don’t you think?

The funny looking guy says, “Hey Eve is it true that God told you that you can’t eat the fruit from any of these trees?”

“No, of course not! God said we could eat the fruit from all of the trees in the Garden, save this one here. If we eat it, or even touch it, we will surely die.”

“Oh please, you will not surely die! God just doesn’t want you to eat that fruit because He knows that if you do, you will be just like Him, knowing good and evil.”

Eve hesitates. She looks the fruit; she looks at that funny looking guy, and then she grabs a piece of fruit… from the Tree of Life… takes a big bite, smacks her lips and begins to sing…

Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back
No more. No more. No more. No more.
Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more

Of course, that isn’t quite the way Genesis tells the story, is it?

Why didn’t she do this? Where is it written that she couldn’t have done it this way?

She could have done the right thing, and moments later, Adam also could have done the right thing, but neither of them did. Just think how God would have been glorified if they had eaten the right fruit!!

Think about it carefully…

The choice they had to make on that fateful day was not between following God’s instructions or not following them; it wasn’t between sinning and not sinning.

The choice they made that day was between glorifying God and glorifying themselves, in this case, becoming just like God. They chose to glorify themselves, and the result was disaster.

I wonder… I ponder… I consider and cogitate…

Should I even write this…?

What do you suppose would happen in the lives of people everywhere if we stopped thinking in transactional terms, in terms of following rules or breaking them, and simply asked ourselves whether or not we wanted to glorify God or ourselves when faced with a moral dilemma?

Any thoughts?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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24 Responses to Random Ramblings: February 11, 2017

  1. Tom says:

    We show our love and honor to God by obeying Him. It is about doing the right thing, just not for doing the right thing…it is about loving God first and foremost in our life. Adam and Eve chose to love themselves first over God, putting themselves equal with Gid, which was their downfall.
    Often we do the same.

  2. gaustin00 says:

    This reminds me of Joshua 9. Joshua was given the right/privilege of leading the Israelites. They had just been “victorious” over Ai (albeit 2nd time around) and here come the Gibeonites in their shabby clothes and three times they refuse to answer Joshua’s and the Israelites’ questions.The men examined some of their provisions, BUT THEY FAILED to ask the Lord’s advice. Get that: they had the ability, the right, and the privilege and the connection with God but instead as Prov 3 says ‘they leaned on their own understanding’ and did NOT CONSULT the Lord! Beware of the enemy’s “clever/shrewd” tactics. Ask God …that you may discern between truth and error. [Heb 5] Take a lesson from this: do NOT lean on your own understanding but consult God and you will hear a word behind you saying “this is the way, walk ye in it” [Is 30:21]. If only are the worst words in our vocabulary and Joshua said those words to himself more than once I presume, just as I have.

  3. paulfg says:

    Should I even write this … ?

    I so love how your words get His resonating within me. Because I was left with this (should I even write this?)

    Glorify God v glorify self might just be as dualistic/transactional as sin v no sin, right v wrong, good v bad. I was left with this: is “counter-intuitive” the wrong transactional description? Like scent / perfume by-passes “logic”, I wonder if “glorify” is the same. Not a choice of who, not a choice at all. Is “intuitive” a coming home to God? Counter no longer applies – choice no longer applies – “is” just is – “am” (and I Am) is just am.

    >>> Does anyone else get that “jolt” best described here as “is just am” – when you know without knowing why – when knowing why comes after “knowing”? That is the kind of intuitive that is becoming less and less “counter”.

    (this whole comment was prompted by reading your last paragraph and knowing without knowing)

    • Don Merritt says:

      Paul, your wording is… imprecise. Yet, I actually think I followed you, and if so, then you have it exactly right. In fact that’s the whole point. Counter-intuitive or instuitive is entirely a matter of our point of view. From what NT writers called an “earthly” viewpoint, it’s counter-intuitive, but from the view they sometimes called “heavenly” it would be not only intuitive, but organic, since glorifying God (as they called it) is the natural response to His grace. Actually, there’s another word that describes it, maybe it’s the word of all, if only we didn’t overuse it in English. That word is “love”.

      • paulfg says:

        Imprecise – you are very kind Don! 🙂

        You followed me. I love that word – “organic”. Growth. Pesticide free. A “coming home” rather than a “trying to fit in”.

        Thank you for sticking with this comment – I was slightly concerned it might read as a “well really Don!” type of comment (which was not the intention). Right now His “40 tonnes” and “shedding” journey is seeping into almost every are of my belief, relationship and even love as I know it.

        • Don Merritt says:

          It is almost impossible to be precise about something so profound, when we simply don’t have the vocabulary to adequately express our thoughts. The bst we can do is to be “imprecise”. 🙂

  4. What a great question. I think we’d have a totally different world. Not everything allowed is necessary, right? And not everything necessary is always socially accepted.

  5. Linuxgal says:

    Thing is, Eve didn’t know it was wrong to disobey God, because she needed to eat the fruit to obtain that knowledge. Yet the sin of disobedience was still imputed to her.

  6. Citizen Tom says:

    If we loved God as we should, that is what we would do. When we think of the price Jesus paid for us on that cross……

  7. Pingback: Is this love? Q1 … ponderings | Just me being curious

  8. BelleUnruh says:

    Good question to ask ourselves

  9. vw1212 says:

    moral choices are more easy if there aren’t any other constraints to fight against…vw

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