Precious Truth: God’s Word Is True
Today’s Reading from The Word
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, â€œDid God really say, â€˜You must not eat from any tree in the gardenâ€™?â€
2 The woman said to the serpent, â€œWe may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, â€˜You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.â€™â€
4 â€œYou will not certainly die,â€ the serpent said to the woman. 5 â€œFor God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.â€
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, â€œWhere are you?â€
10 He answered, â€œI heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.â€
11 And he said, â€œWho told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?â€
12 The man said, â€œThe woman you put here with meâ€”she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.â€
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, â€œWhat is this you have done?â€
The woman said, â€œThe serpent deceived me, and I ate.â€
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, â€œBecause you have done this,
â€œCursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.â€
16 To the woman he said,
â€œI will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.â€
17 To Adam he said, â€œBecause you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, â€˜You must not eat from it,â€™
â€œCursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.â€
God’s Word is true. Does He really mean what He says? Yes.
Some people don’t like that God has told the world what a bad predicament it is in, and how corrupt and unregenerate human beings have become. What is more sinful to modern man than to say something is “sinful”? To judge and discern, to place value and worth on quality of character is disdained. Yet, for material goods, what is more valued than to obtain high quality and receive considerate service? The obvious gap between the two ideas is only one more proof of the general condition of man after the fall. we are only being hypocritical in wanting to be able to value good in “things” we wish for ourselves, but tell God, and those who agree with Him, that we shouldn’t want value in actions and character. To try to shush those who want a better deal when it comes to how we should behave collectively and individually.
Why speak of this at Christmas? What is jolly and cheering about that thought?
If you understand the great joy of Christmas is the good news of a salvation of such great proportions that even the angels rejoice over it.