Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

In the Garden

“It’s not only the scenery you miss when

going too fast - you also miss the sense of

where you are going and why.” Eddie

Cantor

Thousands of years ago, in the Garden of Eden…

I don't know how many times I have read through Genesis in my Christian walk. Every time I was challenged to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation, I would start at Genesis and get to Deuteronomy, or maybe Kings, possibly Chronicles, and then become bored with the genealogies, details of laws, or the repetition and pick up some other reading plan or devotional. Do you relate? I am a person who will seldom read a book more than once, so the more I read through Genesis, Exodus, ... the more distant and mechanical it became, until one day, just a couple of years ago, I felt Holy Spirit say to me, "Just slow down a while and think about what is actually happening here." I felt Him put me in the place of Eve, seeing what she possibly was seeing, hearing what she was hearing, and feeling what she quite probably was feeling. As this two-second narrative came alive, the spaghetti-code of the Gospel in my mind began to unravel, allowing the warmth of God's light and love to penetrate and nourish the dying seed of my faith, so that it could take root and grow in the fertile soil of understanding. This account of what took place in the Garden, holds the keys to unlock foundational knowledge and truth that enables me to walk with a more secure footing; not knowledge and truth that is new, but rather a heart- application that became foundational for me, as opposed to just being truths thrown into the spaghetti pot of confused, dissociated concepts in my mind - my puzzle-box. On the 6th day since the beginning of time, God created man in His own image to rule over His creation as His representatives on earth. God first created a man and then later He created a woman from the man's rib and the gave her to the man to be his wife, much to his delight. Adam and Eve lived in an idyllic garden where everything grew as it should, there was no sickness, sorrow, or death. Tending the garden and ruling over the creation was a joy and a delight. In the cool of each evening God Himself would come and spend time with the two, enjoying a rich and intimate fellowship. We are not told how long they lived in the Garden before that fateful day, but when we see that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born, it is possible that they lived in the Garden for close to 100 years. One hundred years of perfect fellowship with God, learning His wisdom, sharing His purposes and heart, living in perfect harmony and love, complete trust, and peace; their every need abundantly provided, they lived in pure contentment. What caused Eve to then suddenly choose to eat the forbidden fruit? In the time they were in the Garden, they would have come to know that when God said something, it would be done, so what caused her to take a chance on death? What's the big deal about eating fruit anyway? For all of humanity to suffer because she ate a piece of fruit? That Jesus had to die so brutally because she ate a piece of fruit? Why is Adam blamed for the sin of all men (humans), when it was Eve who first ate the fruit? Go and spend some time in Genesis 3:1-13; put yourself in the place of the characters, and see what Holy Spirit begins to reveal to you. Next week I will begin to share the insights that have been written on my heart.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

In the Garden

“It’s not only the scenery you miss

when going too fast - you also miss

the sense of where you are going

and why.” Eddie Cantor

Thousands of years ago, in the Garden of

Eden…

I don't know how many times I have read through Genesis in my Christian walk. Every time I was challenged to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation, I would start at Genesis and get to Deuteronomy, or maybe Kings, possibly Chronicles, and then become bored with the genealogies, details of laws, or the repetition and pick up some other reading plan or devotional. Do you relate? I am a person who will seldom read a book more than once, so the more I read through Genesis, Exodus, ... the more distant and mechanical it became, until one day, just a couple of years ago, I felt Holy Spirit say to me, "Just slow down a while and think about what is actually happening here." I felt Him put me in the place of Eve, seeing what she possibly was seeing, hearing what she was hearing, and feeling what she quite probably was feeling. As this two-second narrative came alive, the spaghetti-code of the Gospel in my mind began to unravel, allowing the warmth of God's light and love to penetrate and nourish the dying seed of my faith, so that it could take root and grow in the fertile soil of understanding. This account of what took place in the Garden, holds the keys to unlock foundational knowledge and truth that enables me to walk with a more secure footing; not knowledge and truth that is new, but rather a heart-application that became foundational for me, as opposed to just being truths thrown into the spaghetti pot of confused, dissociated concepts in my mind - my puzzle- box. On the 6th day since the beginning of time, God created man in His own image to rule over His creation as His representatives on earth. God first created a man and then later He created a woman from the man's rib and the gave her to the man to be his wife, much to his delight. Adam and Eve lived in an idyllic garden where everything grew as it should, there was no sickness, sorrow, or death. Tending the garden and ruling over the creation was a joy and a delight. In the cool of each evening God Himself would come and spend time with the two, enjoying a rich and intimate fellowship. We are not told how long they lived in the Garden before that fateful day, but when we see that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born, it is possible that they lived in the Garden for close to 100 years. One hundred years of perfect fellowship with God, learning His wisdom, sharing His purposes and heart, living in perfect harmony and love, complete trust, and peace; their every need abundantly provided, they lived in pure contentment. What caused Eve to then suddenly choose to eat the forbidden fruit? In the time they were in the Garden, they would have come to know that when God said something, it would be done, so what caused her to take a chance on death? What's the big deal about eating fruit anyway? For all of humanity to suffer because she ate a piece of fruit? That Jesus had to die so brutally because she ate a piece of fruit? Why is Adam blamed for the sin of all men (humans), when it was Eve who first ate the fruit? Go and spend some time in Genesis 3:1-13; put yourself in the place of the characters, and see what Holy Spirit begins to reveal to you. Next week I will begin to share the insights that have been written on my heart.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next