So this is the first year EVER in the history of my existence that I didn’t need to make a New Years resolution about losing weight.
I can’t tell you how awesome that feels.
I’ve lost 112 pounds since July which you can read all about here if you want. And since that’s going so well, I decided I needed a different resolution.
I decided I would try to read through the Bible chronologically from front to finish.
Admittedly, I’ve tried to do this before.
It’s the reason why I’ve read the 1st chapter of Genesis so many times.
I was listening to the first few chapters of Genesis on audio.
My son was in the room with me so he was listening too.
We were in Genesis Chapter 3.
You know….Adam and Eve…The fall of humanity….And that darn apple.
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. Genesis 3:6-7
What follows after this is a whole lot of trouble and results in them getting banished from the Garden of Eden.
The great separation between God and man.
Pretty heavy stuff.
And then my son says…
I mean in all seriousness too.
I turned to look at him and he had this raised eyebrow, head nodding, ‘you agree with me, right?’ look on his face.
“What did you say?” I asked him.
“She shoulda ate the orange“
I wanted so badly to laugh.
So I covered my mouth with my hand and was like….
“You think so? Is that what you think the problem was?”
And he said “Yeah. She wasn’t supposed to eat the apple.”
Me: But do you think that was what God was mad about? The apple?
And then he thought about it for a minute and then looked at me with wide eyes and said
“OH MY GOSH. We have apples in the fridge.”
I tried to explain to him that I didn’t really think God had an issue with apples.
That I thought the issue was more with them doing something God had asked them not to do.
To illustrate this, I tried an example:
Me:”Let’s say we have apples in the fridge”
Son: We do
Me: Ok ..so let’s say I told you not to eat the apples in the fridge and then you did. Would you get in trouble?
Son: Because I don’t like apples out of the fridge. They’re not peeled.
Me: Ok but let’s just pretend you ate an apple out of the fridge after I told you not to.
Son: Is it peeled?
Me: UGH!! Yes…ok it’s peeled. Would you get in trouble?
Son: I don’t think so.
Son: Because there are also grapes in there. And I like them better. So I’d eat the grapes.
Me: Never mind
Son: So are we getting rid of the apples?
A few minutes later, my youngest daughter came in the room and wanted to know what we were talking about.
I decided to try this all over again with my daughter.
So I asked her what she remembered about the story of Adam and Eve.
Daughter: Well God made Adam but then he was all lonely and stuff so God sent him Eve. Then the snake tricked her into eating an apple.
Me: And why was it bad for her to eat the apple?
Daughter: It was a poisoned apple
Me: But wasn’t it really because God told her not to eat the apple and she disobeyed Him?
Daughter: Yeah that’s it. She disobeyed Him and she ate the poisoned apple.
Me: Well I don’t know if the apple was poisoned but…
Daughter: It was
Me: Ok..well why do you think Satan tried to trick her into eating it?
Daughter: Well Eve was new in town and she hadn’t been living there long. Adam had been there a really long time so he already knew about the bad sections and where not to hang out. But Eve was new and she didn’t know. Plus she was already standing at the tree when the snake came along which made it easier. That’s why you don’t hang out in that part of the garden.
While I laughed a lot over these answers, I admittedly thought about things in a different way. And I got a great insight that I had never thought of before!
Was it easy for Satan to deceive Eve because she was already hanging out by the tree?
Was she ‘new in town‘ and failed to get a map thereby stumbling into a dangerous district?
Or was she circling the tree on purpose telling herself that she wouldn’t eat anything but yet inching closer and closer to it all the while?
This is often how people like me fall of the diet wagon.
You stroll by the donut aisle and say “Well I’m not going to eat any of the donuts but I should still buy it for other people in the house, right? I mean why should they be deprived just because I’m on a diet?”
And next thing you know, you wake up the next morning covered in powdered sugar with empty donut boxes laying all over the bed.
So was Eve asking for trouble?
Was she circling the
donut apple tree of good and evil?
Did the serpent have to go looking for Eve or was my daughter correct in thinking that Eve was already standing at the tree waiting for temptation to give her a push?
It reminds me of how important it is to not even entertain a tempting thought.
Don’t hang out by the tree or you might end up eating a
And when I was throwing out my used K-cup in the trash this morning, I found the entire bag of Red Delicious Apples sitting in the trashcan.
Little man’s not taking any chances.