Tuesday : December 8, 2020

Genesis 3:12,13 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

I can picture the serpent positioned in some corner watching on excitedly as the buck was passed round from Adam to Eve and finally to him concerning the events in the text today. Man had just fallen to the suggestions of the enemy and eaten of that tree against which God had explicitly warned.

I can hear the serpent say ‘I did it, and what can you do about that? That creation of yours, which you so cherish; that man whom you were so eager to make in your own image and according to your likeness has disobeyed you. And it was all thanks to my genius’ – this could be followed by a teasing laugh.

Likewise, there may have been rejoicing and excitement to see Jesus nailed to the cross. However, had the message that those nails and that cross would become the birthplace of salvation, it would have been vehemently opposed.

Beloved, when enemies reckon they have us on our knees, all cornered with no exit out; when they stand aloof gloating about how successful their ploys against us have been, God sits upon His throne and shakes His head in surprise. God laughs because little do they realise that all their efforts still only end up acting as  accessories in the execution of His plans and purposes for His creation.


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