Day two Sacred Season 2015
DAY 2. 10th June The flaming sword part one: Genesis 3:1-6; 21-24
Colette Williams – South Australia
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24 NIV)
Basis of Union Paragraph 18. âThe Uniting Church prays that, through the gift of the Spirit, God will constantly correct that which is erroneous in its life,â
Into the scene of perfect creation, innocence, and close intimacy with God, comes the first and fatal sign of evil. God had given Adam and Eve free access to the garden heâd planted, and heâd made it beautiful, pleasing to the eye, and life-giving â a gift of abundance. And there was just one restriction: â…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.â (2:17) They didnât need to discern good and evil, because up until that time, living in perfect harmony and obedience to God, there was no evil. But that was soon to change…
The serpent sows a seed of doubt in Eveâs mind, âDid God really say…?â But in her response, Eve misquotes God, adding a prohibition that he never intended, â…and you must not touch it…â Immediately sheâs on shaky ground. The serpent directly contradicts Godâs clear and unequivocal warning with, âYou will not surely die.â He then follows up with a half-truth, attributing wrong motives to God. âFor God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.â And so, ignoring the word of God, and being influenced by lies, deceptions, half-truths and self-interest, Eve took that step that would reverberate through history. She ate, and she gave some to her husband. Their eyes were indeed opened, and for the first time they understood shame. But they were not like God.
There were dire consequences to this single act of rebellion. Humanity became mortal, Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, with the flaming sword in place to prevent their return. And that downward spiral of sin and disobedience has continued through the generations, requiring an unimaginable act of sacrifice by God to restore us to a relationship with him.
As a Church, and as individual Christians, it is vital that we continue to uphold the primacy of Godâs word in everything we do, and in every decision we make for the kingdom. We must hide his word in our hearts, so that we donât sin against God. (Ps.119:11) Satan, the liar and deceiver, is still preying on Christians, and if we donât know what the Word of God really says, we will be easy victims. (John 8:44 & 1 Peter 5:8)
Lord, we thank you for the life-giving power of your Word, and its ability to bring us timeless truth, to transform, and to show us the way forward. We pray that in this time of preparation, and in all the business of the Assembly, your Word will continue to shed its light and to guide your people in all things. Amen.
Pray for: a) Persecuted Church in the middle East – especially Iraq and Syria,Iran
b) Synod of South Australia