“A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable….
“Christian, what hast thou to do with sin? Hath it not cost thee enough already? Burnt child, wilt thou play with the fire? What! when thou hast already been between the jaws of the lion, wilt thou step a second time into his den? Hast thou not had enough of the old serpent?”
– Charles Spurgeon
2 Corinthians 11:3
I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ.
We are all sinners, from the fall of Adam till today, all who are born are born sinners. And we do it so easily. It’s so much easier to sin than not to sin, it is easier to tell a lie than to speak the truth, we want to follow all that our body wants, lust, gluttony, greed. Even after salvation, we sin. But one thing I am sure we have all realised, after our “small” sins we are miserable. Ashamed to pray, ashamed to even think of the Lord; our bodies grow heavy with the shame and we hide from The Lord covering our shame with fig leaves that do not hide the sin, but make us uncomfortable. But that is a good thing, this means that the Holy Spirit still has a foothold on and that there is still hope for you, dear lost sheep.
Let us go to the begining, where it all began and man took the first step towards destruction. An idealic setting, there is a gentle breeze, and in the distance the sweet soft gurgling of a cheerful brook. A pretty young lady is humming to herself as she watches everything around her bloom in magnificence, the trees soft and green, flowers vibrant with every color imaginable, the earth soft and fragrant, like the smell of rain, birds chirping and close by, a lion yawns with contentment; After all, it is God’s creation and everything God has created is good.But darkness is threatening, a darkness that is an antonym of God’s light, everything that God is. A serpent calls her closer to ask a seemingly inocent question but in the true sense, this question is the begining of death. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” she replies,“We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But if we remember correctly; And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. It seems Adam did a terrible job of relaying the maessage (quick question, how many times have you misstated information? Maybe you were sent by your parent and in your hurry, gave the wrong information.) First, she does not even seem to know the name of the tree, second, when did God say anything about touching the tree? I get it, when you are not suposed to do something, its better to avoid it at all costs. But it is known that it is a dangerous thing to teach the doctrines of man as if they are a message or comandments from God. (Matthew 15:9)
Anyway, after that the serpent says,“You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” The seeds of doubt firmly planted in her mind, she gazed once again at the tree, and she thought how beautiful it looked, good to eat and she would be like God. The serpent made her forget the consequences of disobedience and rebellion. All she wanted at that moment was to satisfy her momentary desires and she forgot God’s love and His warning. It is desirable and looks good to eat. The flesh craves instant satisfaction. She slowly reached out and picked a fruit biting into it and gave it to her husband Adam and he ate it to. Adam did not even need asking he just dug in. He jumped head first into rebelion againt God. God told him very directly, not to eat the fruit. Oh, but what hapened next, I am sure they did not see coming. Their eyes were open, and everything lost some of its color, in that moment, they realised they were naked. In their shame, they quickly tried making covering using fig leaves. I always wonder, what was going through their minds when they realised the huge mistake they had made. How heavy their hearts were and the huge amount of shame they felt, and if in that moment they realised that was over. So after quickly making their “clothes” , they heared HIM; The Lord God walking in the cool of the day, and they tried to hide from HIS presence.
TO BE CONTINUED