I know, I know! I messed up the title.
But did I…really?
What is the attitude within that surmises, “I don’t really like what Your Word says so I’ll mix it up, change it around, deconstruct and hopefully come out with a ‘version’ I like better.”. . . ?
It’s actually the oldest excuse recorded: Twisting the Word of God for our own purposes.
When the serpent came to Eve in the garden his question, “Is it really true. . . ?” created doubt within her.
Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” ~Genesis 3:1
Satan questioned God’s command, and then Eve engaged the serpent. She listened to the doubt proposed and then added a bit of untruth herself.
“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” (3:2-3)
Did you see it? She added a part God never said. Was it just a poor memory? Possibly. But, probably not. Considering it was the only command given to them, the only rule they had to obey, I’m thinking she could have remembered it word for word. But, no. She added to God’s Word, making it say something He never said. Well, just to be sure, let’s go back and look at it too:
The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it. Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.” (2:15-17)
God never said they couldn’t touch it. Did you see that? She added a prohibition He never gave.
Now…you may say, “But Michelle, God commanded the man! The woman wasn’t created yet, so why blame her?” (Well, maybe you wouldn’t say that, but I would. I have a way of looking for loopholes that can be quite detrimental in the long run. I blame Eve.) So, if you choose to go down that path, then read further in chapter 3. Adam was there the whole time the serpent was talking to Eve. Go ahead, check it out . . .
When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
She saw that is was good, it was attractive, and it was desirable. But, it was forbidden. She knew that.
She was without excuse. They were without excuse. They knew the command. Eve listened to the deceiver. Then . . . she chose . . . to follow her own desires. Adam did not step up and protect his woman! He went right along with her (passive men, sheesh!), and; consequently, they both entered into a state of sin which brought death to their eternal bodies. Immortality became mortal. Why?
Because they did not follow God’s way.
“Not Thy will, but mine.”
What is the attitude within that surmises such a thing?
It’s the attitude which says, “I’ll question God’s command. Maybe God doesn’t have my best interest at heart?”
Is it sin? Adam and Eve had not sinned before eating the fruit. It’s not a sin to question, but it is to go your own way.
“I’ll be my own boss, thankyouverymuch. I know better than Him.”
All we like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way . . .
“Not Thy will, but mine.”
Yet Jesus cried, “. . . How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! . . . “
It is our own obstinance. Our own desires leading the way. And then we wonder, why has our house been left desolate? Why are we struggling?
Hmmm . . .
A change of attitude might just be in order . . .
. . . Not my will . . .
. . . but Thine.
He longs to gather us together under His wings. Will you let Him?
All we like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way…
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.