Words from the Heart for Friday April 6th, 2018
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Genesis 2:16-17 (NRSV)
When the Lord created all that is in the earth He chose to place Adam and Eve in a place of responsibility to care for it. He also provided for their food. He sets only one restriction among all that He provides. He is an all-wise God and is not a harsh Master.
Canadians will soon be getting ready to enjoy the fresh fruit that fills our summer plates and bowls. Take the time to ensure that your fruit is pesticide free. According to the Environmental Working Group, strawberries topped the 2016 list of fruits with the most pesticides – pushing apples to second place – they had been the worst offenders for five years. According to the environmental group, “more than 98 per cent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
It has been said that one bad apple will ruin the whole batch. It is why someone who is incorrigible is sometimes referred to as a bad apple. There is one piece of fruit that has been the source of all the problems in our world. The fruit wasn’t the problem, however. The problem was the people who ate the fruit. Genesis 2:16-17 says “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” God had created Adam and Eve in innocence. For their enjoyment, He gave them all the scrumptious fruit and vegetables in the Garden of Eden. There was just one tree whose fruit they were forbidden from eating – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God was protecting them from sin and the guilt and shame that would follow. He had created them to live forever with Him, in perfect relationship. But He wanted them to continue to choose to do, so He gave them free will.
These have been words from the heart.