Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
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Whether on a witness stand or a press conference or a text message, we know how words can be misunderstood or manipulated. In the Genesis story, we can hear the voice of the serpent look for an opening to pry apart the relationship between humans and God. We can hear him asking with emphasis, 'Did God say not to eat from ANY tree?" The insidious destruction of a relationship is found in simply slicing and dicing the instructions so that we can take the pieces and fashion them into our own message like letters ripped from a magazine and pasted on a page for a ransom note. As soon as the human answers the serpent's question thereby accepting the premise that there is wiggle room in disembodied words, she is lost. The most insidious thing that is still done by Christians today is focusing on words of the Bible apart from the relationship God offers us. The words that give life are the ones that cannot be separated from the One who came as "logos" - the Word.
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Holy God, nurture us with your word. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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