Thursday, February 21, 2013


"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked..."   Genesis 3:7                                                         
         Nobody likes a “know-it-all,” especially God. You only have to read the story of our original parents in the Garden of Eden to know this is true.

         Knowledge is very seductive. At least, it is to me. Unfortunately, it’s capable of producing entirely opposite results. It can become a catalyst for both good and evil. In fact, the tree in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve were expressly forbidden to partake of, had the unique quality of being able to provide knowledge of both, in one bite. That would be a good thing…wouldn't it? Eve certainly thought so. As a woman, I find it very probing that the devil chose to dangle the temptation of all-knowledge before Eve instead of Adam. And it was she who was deceived, not he (1Tim. 2:14). She loved knowledge and he loved her, it could be argued.

Whatever their individual motivations, it turned out that the new revelation that came to them after the first bite of the forbidden tree of knowledge was the fact that they were naked. Surely way down on the list of things I’d like to find out about myself.  Have you ever had one of those crazy dreams where you're in a large group of people, and you suddenly realize you don't have any clothes on? Who knows; this may be déjà vu from Mother Eve!

         Of all the aspects of our lives that require discrimination, one of the most important is in the matter of acquiring knowledge. We only need to know as much as God wishes for us to know—of both good and evil. To dash from this "tree" to that in search of ever more knowledge and experience, is to court disaster. In Eve’s case, it cost her something she would never again regain: innocence. And, oh, the ruined lives knowledge has often left in its quest! I want to know everything God wants me to know—nothing less...but nothing more.

“Adam and Eve didn’t need to know good and evil; they only needed to know God.”  
                                                                                             R.D. Sandlin

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