We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Naked Curse

Previously I wrote about the reasons for the curse in Genesis 3. Mainly, God gave us the curse so that those who would be self sufficient and rely upon their own strength, cunning, and control, would eventually experience frustration that would lead to despair. Why? So that we would turn to God and allow him to be our sufficiency. The Apostle Paul understood this well when he wrote, “My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” I can understand that, but there was a part of the curse that has baffled me for years. It is the part about Adam and Eve’s response to their sin: The text reads, “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew they were naked.” I don’t know about you but that seems a little strange. How could they have not known that they were naked all that time! And what is it about this nakedness that God is trying to communicate. So I decided to do a little searching and lo and behold and I couldn’t believe my eyes! As I looked up the Genesis story in the Hebrew language I noticed that the serpent was cunning, subtle, more than all of the beasts of the field. This root word for cunning and subtle is ARaM in Hebrew. When Adam and Eve saw that they were naked, guess what? The word naked is the same root word for cunning and subtle. They became like the beguiling serpent. They followed his ways and became like him. Therefore God needed to cover them and redeem them. There are only two influences in our lives today: God and Satan…and he is the father of lies, cunning, and deception. And the one you spend the most time with is the one you will most like

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sightings and the Bank Teller

How do you respond when someone speaks unkindly to you? First Peter 1, God teaches us that we have been called to endure grief when wronged, and to entrust ourselves to Him who judges righteously. I don’t know why, but God continually brings irritable people my way. And the one I will never forget was at the drive through at the bank. My 7 year old daughter was seated in the front seat and her 3 year old brother was in the car-seat in the back. Seeing my daughter in the front, the teller sent my receipt and a lolly pop. Realizing she didn’t see my son in the back seat and trying to avoid ISD, Infantile Stress Disorder, I pushed the call button and asked for another lolly pop. What I received wasn’t a lolly pop. A voice from the intercom arrogantly announcing: “We don’t give suckers to adults.” I don’t know what happens to me when I’ve been assaulted but this strange surge phenomenon occurs within me. So I pushed the button again and firmly announced that the sucker was not for me but for the child in the backseat that she obviously didn’t see from her high position.” I thought that was a pretty good come back until I heard these words. But to understand them fully, you need to know that our family plays a game called “sightings!” Whenever we see evidence of God being near…through an act of kindness or a beautiful sunset, the first one to recognize His presence yells out “sighting!” Well after I made my bold announcement to the teller, Jennifer meekly called out, “Sighting.” I looked at her and ready to enter child imagination I said, where do you see Him? And I will never forget this; she said, “In the kind words that you could have said to this lady, who needed there daddy.”

Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment