Today's Quiet-Time Bible Notes. October 17th, 2017

Blame - Genesis 3.11-13 ... And God said to Adam, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” ... This is an incredibly tragic truth from the Garden of Eden. God was very clear that Adam and Eve (man and woman) had complete freedom but there was one thing he told them not to do - eat from the tree. God is not a God who gives us restrictions and tries to tie us up in religious rules. Too many churches do this but the truth is that God gives us real freedom. The only things he tells us not to do are for our own benefit - so he's not trying to stop us, he's trying to liberate us and help us be free from bad consequences. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve became a pattern for the human race when they disobeyed and rejected God's ideas, being too easily tricked by the devil. God realised something was different and asked Adam (and then Eve) about what had happened. (Note - don't go jumping to conclusions, always go to people and ask about what they said, you'll save yourself so much hassle!) Back to Genesis... Adam and Eve didn't exactly lie to God but they didn't admit that the fault for eating the fruit off the tree was with themselves. Instead they blamed others. Adam's reaction is comical and sad. In Genesis 2.23, God brought Eve to Adam. His reaction was "Wow! At last! Amazing". She was who he'd been looking for. But after the 'Tree Incident', Eve is no longer 'his wife'. Instead she's conveniently become, 'the woman you (God) put here with me.' She's been relegated to 'the woman' and Adam blames God for putting her 'here with me'. Unbelievable! Imagine how Eve must have felt when Adam disowned her! (Guys - when you meet the woman of your dreams and get married, remember not to disown her or reject her - and ladies the same is true for your husband! Always love one another - love is a choice!). Eve blamed the serpent but was a bit more honest saying he'd deceived her. Listen - when we mess up, all God asks us to do is admit it, turn away from the wrong and invite God to make things right. God is HOLY and GOOD, his ways are true, just and perfect and there is no evil in him so don't ever blame God. Take responsibility and get things right. God will help you.

-- Myfishbites