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“One Bite”

"At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.”

Genesis 3:7

Life before the bite was perfect. Surrounded by unbelievable beauty, Adam and Eve lived freely with the God who supplied all their needs. And “…although Adam and his wife were both naked, neither of them felt any shame.” (Gen. 2:25 NLT) BUT, when they chose to take just one bite of the forbidden fruit, that flawless scene changed forever.

The words that follow that bite are both alarming and sad, “They suddenly felt shame.” Shame was never a part of God’s plan—neither were hiding, fear, or blame. But as we continue reading, we hear every one of them: “…I hid, I was afraid…but it was the woman…the serpent tricked me!” All that junk was the result of one bite, the result of man deciding he knew better than his Creator!

The consequences of that one bite were devastating: Adam and Eve were banished from paradise. Instead of being served an endless smorgasbord of endless flavors, they were served a life of endless toil, just to rid their lives of endless thorns and thistles.

So, when we choose our own way instead of God’s, why should we be surprised when fear, shame, and blame become painful thorns and thistles in our lives too?

And it only takes one bite!


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