Monday, 7 January 2019
Question of the Day: Have you ever longed for a simpler life?
Answer: Life was simple for Adam and Eve.
Rabbi Trail: Adam's Hebrew name is Adam - with the accent on the second syllable. Eve's Hebrew name is Chava, like Tevya’s daughter in Fiddler. End RT.
God spoke one commandment to Adam (this was before Eve was created), Genesis 2:17 "But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you must not eat. For when you eat from it, you most assuredly will die!"
We are all descended from Adam, who is not being nominated to win awards based on his choices. Adam would rather have knowledge than life. After all, Adam could have eaten from the tree of life, but chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Let's look deeper at what was really happening here. Was it the fruit poisonous so that it killed or was it disobedience that killed? Of course, the death we're talking about is spiritual death. Perhaps it was the desire to be like God.
We love to blame Father Adam (and even occasionally Mother Eve), but let's never forget, we ourselves have similar but more complicated choices set before us every day.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 "Or don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don't be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, those who practice homosexuality, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers - none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you were - but you were washed, you were made holy, you were set right in the name of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah and by the Ruach of our God."
Then there is this command ... Luke 9:23 "Then Yeshua was saying to everyone, 'If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me.'"
I chose this one because it adds the words "every day". Do that.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,