Obedience. PERIOD

What a journey this is, reading the Bible in 90 days <— I. am. loving. it.

There’s so much “yumminess” from Genesis through Exodus, too much to share — but here are a few highlights…

I had questions. I couldn’t answer, like this:

“…but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” {Genesis 3:3}

Why was the tree in the middle of the garden?  That’s a fine detail, why was it in the middle?  How come it wasn’t on the side — God put what they were forbidden to touch smack dab in the middle!  Temptation right there…

…always. in. the. middle.

I gained new insight.  After Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God asked them,

“Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” {Genesis 3:11-13}

OH my goodness B L A M E…

…started in the garden!

Not taking responsibility for actions started from the very beginning.  Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent.  It’s such a vicious cycle.  It’s ugly.  It’s an escape that leads to no where.  We are responsible for our actions.  We are called personally, individually to be obedient.  What we say and do, how we respond and react is our choice.  There is no place for blame.

I was reminded repeatedly of His compassion.  After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God disciplined them — there are always consequences for our behavior, good or bad.  But then, our amazing Father showed His everlasting character.

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” {Genesis 3:21}

This is POWERFUL — even after they deliberately disobeyed, He provided for them, He clothed them.  Yes, they had consequences for their behavior, but He is still a God who loves His children. He is a God of grace and mercy, a God of second chances, a God who meets our needs.

I shed a few tears.  Our Father who desires us to choose Him, to seek Him first above all things, Who’s plans for us are for good, grieved and…

…had a heart filled with pain.

“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. {Genesis 6:5-6}

These verses made me cry, as a parent I think I have a small glimpse into how He felt.  He created us with a free will to choose Him, seek Him, obey Him…yet we don’t.

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I could go on and share a whole lot more, but I won’t — the main “theme” that was planted in my heart this past week is OBEDIENCE <— we are ALL called and created to do this.  As I chew on this word, reflecting on it in my own life and looking at this with my children I see, life would consistently be good and full of bliss IF we were obedient. period.

But, we live in a fallen world that started in the beginning — we can only strive to be who God created us to be walking in grace, saved by grace.  My heart if full of gratitude…

Photo Credit:  Wisdom For The Future

 

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  1. Michele-Lyn says:

    What wonderful take-aways… I love that we have accountability on this journey. The biggest theme for me is “relationship”. Loved your thoughts about His grief in the days of Noah… It impacted me the same — still does.

    I posted my thoughts at the beginning of the week of my first week too, here — http://www.alifesurrendered.com/?p=4105 … if you have a chance to hop on over.

    It’s nice to meet you :)

    • Teri says:

      Hi Michele-Lyn, it’s nice to meet YOU TOO! =) I can see how you picked up on the theme of relationship…I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts. Thank you for stopping over and sharing your comment.

  2. Diane says:

    I love this. I’ve said for a very long time that the only thing we can give God tangibly that shows our gratitude for all He has done for us is our obedience. Living our lives for Him shows our faith is real and reinforces our relationship with Him.

    • Teri says:

      Thank YOU Diane…our GIFT to Him is obedience, right? We were ALL created to LOVE. SERVE. OBEY. My deepest desire is to trust and obey… Thank YOU for sharing your comment! =)

  3. Amy Alves says:

    Evenin’ Teri!
    This was so excellent! My favorite line in it on “blame” was, “It’s an escape that leads to no where. Thank you for proclaiming this Biblical TRUTH out to us! ~ Blessings girl, Amy

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