Saturday, August 1, 2020

Daily Devotion: The Battle Over Obedience

Bible Reading: Genesis 3

Key Verse: Verse 6- “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Key Words: she took of the fruit thereof

Eve’s conversation with the serpent was a battle. It was a battle over whether to do right or wrong, good or evil, obey or disobey.

The serpent won the battle with man, and he did so by firing one single shot: the shot of deception.

Notice the deception of the serpent.
  1. Verse 1: “Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
  2. Verse 4: “Ye shall not surely die.”
  3. Verse 5: “Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Since that time Satan has attempted to deceive mankind in order that we may disobey and lose the battle over obedience.

In the Houston, Texas, zoo you might find an unusual phenomenon. Although you pay to see and learn about animals, the alligator exhibit can tell you much more about people. In every other cage you don’t find a large display of scattered coins. You see normal habitat, as you might expect, without a spattering of loose change. So why is there frequently money in with the alligators? Is it because there’s water, and people seem enamored with throwing pocket change into water? There are other exhibits with plenty of water, but they don’t have all the nickels, dimes, and quarters. The reason for this abundance of money stems from a sign by the alligators. As you read to learn more about these interesting creatures, the zoological society presents a reminder not to throw money into the water, as it only takes one coin, digested by an alligator, to kill the huge reptile. To the chagrin of the zoo staff, coins are often thrown all around the alligators. Whether it’s coins in the alligator pit or just one tree in a garden called Eden, sinful man has a tough time obeying the rules; and as a result, he loses the battle of obedience.

What to do:
✞ Adopt for your life the teaching of the song our children sing quite often: “I will obey the first time I’m told.”

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