I sin. I hate that I have to admit that on such a public forum but it’s true. I am indeed a sinner. I could honestly say it’s not my fault, it’s in my genes, but I make the choices. If only I wasn’t a descendant of Adam, then I could say I wasn’t a sinner.
This reminds me of when my 12-year old was 3-5 years old. She could tell you what sin was, give examples of sin, admit that did commit some of those sins, but when you asked her if she was a sinner the answer was always an emphatic, NO!
I’ve known about sin for a long time. I’ve been confronted at all angles, from all sides with my sin issue. I’ve read about sin, I’ve read about other people’s sin (David and Bathsheba…anyone?) .
Last night I was doing my Bible study lesson and I had to read Genesis 3:6. From the English Standard Version, it reads like this:
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate.”
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve read this verse, heard it read and even listened to sermons that included this verse. I’ve heard it talked about as
The Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes and the boastful pride of life.
I’m not saying it’s not about that, but one thing really struck me as I read it last night.
Satan appealed to Eve as a whole person. He wasn’t stupid when he pointed out the fruit. If this was on an episode of Touched by An Angel, I’m sure they would have used special lighting on the fruit, it would have fairly glowed with promise. It looked appealing to Eve.
It appealed first to her physical being.
She saw that the tree was good for food
Physically she saw it would be good for physically. So many times I do things…sinful things because they appeal to my physical body.
She saw that the tree was a delight to the eyes
It pleased her emotionally. She felt good, delighted when she looked at it. “I feel good, so therefore it must be right.”
She saw that the tree was to be desired to make her wise.
And it pleased her intellect. “I must be the wisest person here!”
Sin is insidious. It infects and affects us all. It appeals to all of us walking this spinning planet we call home. Because sin appeals to our whole self it infects our whole self. There is not one person who is not affected by sin, and not one part of a person that is not affected by sin.
I don’t know if I’m making any sense or not. I just had never thought before of sin affecting and appealing to our whole being before.