Are We Lingering Around The Tree?
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16, 17
God told Adam and Eve they could eat freely of every tree in the garden but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and if they did they would surely die. Is God a liar, friend? We find in the Bible that He is not.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
Who was Eve listening to as she lingered around the tree?
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die” Genesis 3:1-3
I got on the internet to find the meaning of subtle, and it means: Fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand: subtle irony. 3. delicate or faint and mysterious: a subtle smile. 4. characterized by or requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment.
Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects. (Google) …. adj. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
With whom did lying come into being, friend? Who is the father of lies?
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44
Eve carried on a conversation with the devil as she lingered around the tree. One thing she should not have done. As she kept talking to the devil, he told her part truth and part error, right? Eve even quoted what God told her that she could eat of the trees but not of the tree in the midst of the garden. So, the devil was doing the same thing that many religious leaders do with people today–truth and error, and if the people are not deep in God’s word, they fall for the error just like Eve did. The next thing Eve did was not to put her faith in God when He told her not to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden and not to touch it. The devil told her that she would not die, and she believed the devil–bad mistake. We can see that was a big lie because people are dying every day. What God meant was don’t eat of the tree in the midst of the garden, Eve, because if you do, you and Adam will die which they did, eventually. God created Adam and Eve with the ability to live forever but when they disobeyed God, they could no longer live forever. Their love and trust for God was tested with the tree in the midst of the garden, and they goofed. They flunked the test. They disobeyed God. They sinned. And, What is sin? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” I John 3:4 “…by the law is the knowledge of sin.” I John 3:20
Adam and Eve broke the law of God when they sinned, and that one little sin cost the life of Jesus. If the law of God could have been broken or done away with, there would have been no need for Jesus to come and die on the cross for us. He could have just patted Adam and Eve on the head and said that is okay that you broke the Ten Commandments but He did not do that. He sent His son instead to die on the cross for us. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22 Jesus and our heavenly Father uphold the law of God even in this day and age.
Today, we have religious leaders telling the people that they do not have to keep the Ten Commandments, and when it comes to the 4th, they really jump on that one because they know nowhere in the Bible does it say to keep the 1st day of the week as the Sabbath. The 1st day of the week is mentioned 8 times in the New Testament but never as a day of rest or as a holy day.
Actually, if we break one of the least of God’s Ten Commandments, we are guilty of breaking all of them. We are sinning. ”For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23 It is that serious. That is why we should not linger around any church that tells us that it does matter if we keep God’s Ten Commandments or not. Those that tell us that are sinning themselves by not keeping the Ten Commandments, and if they keep on sinning and helping people to disobey God, they will receive eternal death just like all will that hang on to their sins. When Jesus comes, He is going to come as a consuming fire. And what is that fire going to consume, friend? It is going to consume all those that hang onto to their sins which is transgression of God’s Ten Commandments. Jesus must consume sin otherwise it would continue on forever. The devil and all sinners will be consumed in the lake of fire at the end of the world. That is good news, right? But, it does not have to be you and me, friend. We all have freedom of choice to obey God or not to. We can surrender out lives to Jesus Christ right this minute and confess and forsake our sins.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” James 2: 10-12
The law of liberty is the Ten Commandments. We will be judged by that law. James did not quote all of the Ten Commandments in James 2:10-12 but he quoted enough to help us realize that he was talking about the whole law of God.
So, religious leaders are lying to us when they tell us to not keep the 7th-day Sabbath. They are causing us to transgress the whole law of God. They are lying to us just like Satan lied to Eve. Eve did not trust God. Well, aren’t we doing the same thing? We are not trusting in God when He tells us to keep the 7th day Sabbath. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11
I get so upset with those that are helping people to disobey God.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” II Thessalonians 1:7-9
Perhaps we should stop lingering around those that tell us to disobey God.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” I John 2:1-6
And, how did Jesus walk, friend? “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 15:10
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21
Don’t we want Jesus and our heavenly Father to love us? Don’t we want to love them? Don’t we want Jesus to manifest (make known or reveal) Himself to us?