Have you heard this before? It is from a familiar source to many. It is the ancient account from the beginning of the age. It is from the Bible. When God created man and woman, he created mankind with a conscience of innocence.
Adam was created first. Adam and Eve were in the garden. God delegated the responsibility to Adam to tend and cultivate the garden. It was Adam’s responsibility to follow God’s sovereign directives. God had told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was to translate accurately that directive to his wife, Eve.
Although, God is sovereign and knows all things, he respected and loved Adam enough to explain to him why he was not to eat from that tree. He gave Adam free reign over the garden. Eat freely of every tree; but not the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will then know good and evil. Before eating, Adam and Eve only knew good. The serpent (the enemy) seduced Eve or deceived Eve or duped her mentally and convinced her that she could be her own god and have what she wanted and not stick to those rules handed down by God. The enemy entrapped her into believing in his way above God’s way. The enemy told her that God wanted to limit her and she could go beyond God’s boundaries. When they ate, they fell under the influence of bad thinking that led them into a lot of trouble. They were ostracized from the garden, paradise. God placed a protecting angel and preventing them from reentry! The most severe penalty for Adam and Eve is the void separation set between them and God by their acts of disobedience. God in His omniscience knew what they had done. They heard the voice of the LORD in the garden.
The LORD GOD called out to Adam saying, “Where are you?” Adam responded, “I heard your voice and didn’t answer because..” “I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself.” The LORD God said, “Who told you that you were naked?” This is the question throughout the age. It could mean, “Where did you get those bad habits from?” “Why are you doing detrimental things to your future?” Set your sights high above. Bypass temptations to think small of yourself. Do not think you are limited in your abilities. Choose higher ground. You can do much more than you may think you’re capable of. Plant your seeds on fertile ground where they will grow and prosper. Think with purpose in mind. Teach your children at home. Cooperate with your child’s school.
Jeanette Grattan Parker Founder-Superintendent-Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 4514 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90043 [323-293-9826] Author: Writings copyright protected ©Inquiring Minds Want To Know and © Will You Marry Me?” Speaker, Educator, Marriage Expert (50 years+)