Friday: 15th February, 2019
Reference text: Genesis 3:1-8
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Prior to meeting the serpent, Eve had only one message at the back of her mind: ‘stay away from the tree and its fruit’; that was the word of God she had received and followed. However, from the moment their meeting took place, she developed a new taste. Almost suddenly, the fruit from which she was to stay away appeared: pleasant to see, good to eat and excellent for gaining knowledge. What a rapid turn around!
In addition, seeing how easily she was persuaded, we are be tempted to put on our detective hats to determine if Eve actually believed what she had been told about the tree from the start and to confirm if her doubts developed only after her encounter with the serpent. In our quest to do so however, let us not become too absorbed and pulled in because it is very easy to point fingers without looking at our own situation.
We can recall Jesus’ warnings in the Gospel: ‘be careful how you hear'(Luke 8:18) and ‘be careful what you hear'(Mk 4:24). Those statements are not just to add volume to the words of the Gospel, they are for practical living because from the moment we ‘hear wrong’ and begin to question the word of God, even the very things which are meant to be unattractive suddenly become appealing.
And even further, we are very likely to become propagators of our new found ‘interests like we see in the garden. Can we imagine the impact we will have then if the message we carry is the wrong one? Think about this.