Back to Genesis . . . I like the name “Genesis” – especially in the new year, it reminds me of new beginnings and that our past doesn’t matter to God. In chapter 3, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is interesting that Satan did not entice them to murder, to be gluttonous, or to take the Lord’s name in vain. Why? Because the only command that God gave to the first humans was not to eat the fruit of the tree. Satan went directly after God’s directive. God says it; Satan tries to get us to do the opposite. (In light of this, doesn’t Paul’s treatment of the law in Romans make more sense?) By eating the fruit, Adam and Eve ingested the internal capacity for great good or for great evil. Isn’t that the case for the human race? Gang rapes in India, school shootings in Newtown, but teachers giving their lives to protect their pupils, people donating kidneys to strangers . . .
The track record of the human race has some incredible highs and incredible lows. Yet, God does not give up on us. He gives us the commandments so we have a check on our inner voice – so we don’t rationalize away the truth in order to justify our own self-interest. Yet, this is just where Satan tries to break us down. But take heart – the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). We have the help of the Holy Spirit so we can make the right decisions and help to make this world a better place. It starts, today, with every decision and act. It starts with a genesis of ourselves.
Associate Pastor Emeritus, Grace Community Church Greg Zehner