Sunday Stillness – If it looks good is it good for you?
Lately I have started reading Genesis. I read and read. When I see something that catches my attention I stop, and using my SIMPLE Bible Study Method, I work through the verse.
I read Genesis 3:5-6. The serpent tells Eve.
For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Tempting isn’t it? Would you have been tempted? I think I would have.
We read her thoughts:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. (My emphasis)
Before the serpent said this – she didn’t see him as evil. She only saw good. All was good in Eden. All animals ate plants. And this apple was pleasing to the eye. And she saw more than she needed. She saw it as desirable for gaining wisdom. Oh my do we see things that are desirable for getting better, being better.
In my Bible “gaining wisdom” is in italics. I am not sure why but it got my attention. We think learning is a good thing. Is that true?
I read 1 John 2:16.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
So the desirableness of what seems good does not come from God – but from Satan.
I think I need to think about this more.
What do I do that seems good but really isn’t of God?
More time is needed for me to figure this out. I would love to hear your thoughts.
What do I do that seems good but really isn’t of God? (click to tweet)
Today is Sunday Stillness – take time to relax in God’s presence.
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