January 2nd reading:  Genesis 3-5

I remember in my early childhood taking my dad’s pocketknife from the stand by his favorite chair and carving pictures on the bedroom door.  It was great fun and my sister liked the pictures too.  Dad and Mom were out doing chores on the farm and it was still dark outside.  After a while, I knew they would come in soon and slid Dad’s chair in front of the door to try and hide the “sin”.  I didn’t understand it but they caught on right away when they came in the house!  I initially tried to blame my younger sister for being the instigator, but was found out!  I was rightfully afraid of punishment and soon reaped what I had so unwisely sown.  (That was before the days when spanking was termed abuse!) Genesis 3 came alive personally to me and I would bet every one of us has learned this lesson the hard way!

As I read this section of scripture, I am introduced to the “serpent” who was “more crafty” than any of the other animals that God had made.  This “serpent” talks to the woman Eve.  His words contradict or twist what God had told Adam and Eve.  They are words designed to appeal to desire for that which is forbidden by God.  The words appeal to pride and a desire to know what God knows from a source that God warns them would cause them to die.  Crafty is the ability to “craft” a plan that gets around truth.  It is a lie with some chocolate covering it.  Eve is taken in by this “craft” and takes the forbidden fruit.  She gives it to her husband who eats as well.  She is deceived and he deliberately eats. They suddenly are aware of their nakedness and hide, covering themselves.  Fear has entered with death and, rather than being clothed with God’s Glory,  shame now clothes them with a fig leaf!

God is walking in the garden.  He is reaching out to those made in His image.  He is calling to them and seeking those who are now lost!  He knows what they have done but is trying to help them get free.  When they emerge shaking in fear, God asks them who told them they were naked and if they had eaten from the forbidden tree.  Each answer is an attempt to blame someone else or God himself!  No one wants to confess or admit guilt.  Sin not only brings guilt and shame, but it causes fear of punishment.

Today, do a quick survey of your life.  Ask the Holy Spirit if there are things you are doing that you need to take responsibility for.  Confess them to the Lord and ask for forgiveness and cleansing.  It’s the only way I know to get rid of sin and its consequence, death!  “I ate it.”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:9

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8 thoughts on “I ATE IT.”

  1. good devotion!
    sounds like a good idea for a new craft,
    “woodcarving…on doors”.

  2. Dear Emil, Thanks for the humor–it was “crafty”! I am enjoying writing this blog but it does take up some time. If you can, pass on the site info to those who may enjoy it. Thanks and Love, John P.S.–Happy New Year! May this be the most fruitful year for you and your family and ministry ever!

  3. Pastor John,

    It sounds like your father and mine were made from the same cloth. He often made correction for my sins and I’m better for that today! In your resources section you mention the DVD, “How Great is our God” by Louis Giglio as a great resource. We too have shown this DVD in our church, what a powerful presentation. Love you and I will follow along.


  4. Pastor John, Thanks for the note–yes, the discipline has been a blessing, and I am less “crafty” today but still need work.

  5. i had a similar experience when I was 9, only instead of a knife I used a crayon and wrote a few words on the brick of our house. Mom saw it and her only words were, “wait till your Dad gets home”. I too remember the fear of punishment,but I believe I am the person I am today because of the discipline of my parents & thier love for me. We need to remember that even though we reap what we sow,God is quick to fogive & discipline us for our good not for our harm. Good devotion Pastor.

  6. Dear John, Thanks for the note! God uses Moms and Dads to help us get to the point of personal responsibility! God bless and happy New Year!

  7. Dear Pastor John: Our kids sent your blog to us and we especially enjoyed “I Ate It.” I’ve fwd’d it on to our family and friends. We can all identify with your situation as a child. As pastors, we wonder why some adults still act like kids and do things refusing to accept responsibility for their actions! *sigh* They’re in denial that God’s keeping a record and continue to disobey His Word.

  8. Dear June, Thanks for the note and comment! God bless you and your family! They are a blessing to me and our church family!

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