Day 24: Not just hearers but doers also
Genesis 3:1-7 has so much impact on humanity. The author intentionally repeated some keywords that readers should not miss. The two words “God said” are repeated throughout the chapter.
The author repeated this eight times in one chapter. We see how our God is a speaking God.
In Genesis 2, God speaks specific words of instruction to Adam and Eve, telling them that they may eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil for they shall surely die if they do so.
With an overarching theme of a speaking God, we should not be surprised to find a speaking serpent too. A speaking God versus a speaking serpent – can you see the tension in this narrative?
The tension between a speaking God versus a speaking serpent did not just start and end in Genesis 3. The saga has continued throughout centuries and generations.
The speaking serpent shoots the first question to Eve: “Did God actually say you shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” The speaking serpent’s question sounds quite innocent. However, the crafty serpent is subtly challenging Eve on how well she remembers and honours God’s exact words of instruction.
But Eve does not fully remember God’s exact words of instruction and, worse, she adds additional comments to God’s spoken instruction by saying “neither shall you touch it”. The truth is that God did not tell them that they shall never touch that tree.
Eve’s inability to remember and honour God’s exact words of instruction opens the door for the serpent to further trap and tempt her. Eve’s failure to trust and obey God begins with an inability to fully remember, honour and obey God’s words of instruction.
To trust and obey God, one cannot run away from the Word of God. The world and the evil one will persist in speaking louder than ever before through various platforms.
We want to win and disciple our youths in Singapore for Christ. We pray for them to know God deeply through the Holy Scriptures, and be excited and gripped by the Word of God so that they may trust and obey God wholeheartedly. Today, let’s pray for our youths to hear God’s voice through his Word and obey Him with no if’s or but’s.
Our God is a speaking God.
To our young people: May you run to God, lean on His Word, and drink deep from the fountain of living waters. May you be known as a generation who are both hearers and doers of God’s word. Trust and obey God. Let us pray:
Father, may You empower us to be both hearers and doers of Your Word. May You help us to read Your Word regularly and know Your Word deeply.
In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
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