A short note from Lutomi,
Hello rosey-honey-sweetichucipie! Your response to the blog has really been creatively kind and inspiring. Thanks for Sharing and making comments all the time…Following the post titled “Hmmm”, I decided to continue the story by directly using THE MESSAGE VERSION OF GENESIS CHAPTER 3. I feel it has a perfect correlation that way. Permit me to use the names set for the initial cast. However, if you didn’t read the first, please endeavor to do so right now (Hmmm), before you read this. I trust the Holy Spirit for more enlightening. God bless you.
HMMM…AND THEN SHE SAW…
Crafty Serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal Olodumare had made. He spoke to Hawwah: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”
Hawwah said to the Crafty Serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that Olodumare said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” Crafty Serpent told Hawwah, “You won’t die. Olodumare knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
When Hawwah saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
Hawwah (Hebrew name of Eve)
Crafty Serpent is used to represent Satan
Olodumare Means God
#Hmmm, so why ‘Hmmm’? Well because this story is not just any story…it is our story, our history; it points out our origin. Hmmm because it has a bundle of salient issues that keep popping out, such that I need to really sit and study…so far, I think I will simply highlight some Hmmm’s…endeavour to check out the bible references.
- #Hmmm…when did a serpent begin to speak? Why will she even listen to a serpent?
I kind of have this mental picture of a snake coiled up on a tree, dangling with its fangs sliding in and out…I try to wrap my head around this, why will an animal be speaking till I really realize this you were Eden, the Garden of God Ezekiel 28:13(NIV)…
Then again what relationship or level of trust ever existed between the woman and the serpent for her to listen at all to it compared to the Precepts that God himself had laid out?
By now, we must have realized and learnt from this, listening to the devil is a very wrong move…a bad step…in fact in the reality of life, the Devil shouldn’t be who you listen to ever in the time of confusion… you must seek God, Wait for God, listen to God …
Most importantly, Crafty serpent will appear to you in several forms, subtly or even obviously…please I beg us to not listen to Him, never!…he has done it before, i.e. stealing, killing and destroying, and if given the opportunity, will do it again
- #Hmmm…she saw!
From the bible, we see that she saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom.
It was until after she saw that she took and ate…
I can’t imagine how much sweeter words Satan would have used, it’s only evident that what words he used worked…because then She SAW…
Imagine Satan saying, ‘God doesn’t want you to be like him’… (Talk about a poor sense of identity…wasn’t she already in his image?)…yet according to the serpent’s plan, she saw what she needed to be like God…
Wait! A minute, Do you see the devil replaying a particular script?
He was sent out of God’s presence because he wanted to BE JUST LIKE GOD (Isaiah 14:14)…chai! He is looking to make for himself minions, using Man’s most crucial need…the need to feel and be SIGNIFICANT…the reality is YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT…being made in God’s image coupled with the fact that you are saved mean you are Significant. Satan flaunted the only thing God withheld from them…and at that point every other thing he had freely given was forgotten…Satan will keep using things to make you seem as though that is where your worth lies…but I tell you, it’s all lies.
This word seems to give an enlightening summary… But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. (James 1:14NIV).
A critical question you must ask yourself as I ask myself is ‘What could I possibly be seeing presently that can lead to my death?
To be continued
Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by Permission of the NavPress Publishing Group.
NIV is the New International Version.