11 Feb 2018

They naturally invite the serpent who seek shelter under the tree that bears forbidden fruits. Often have we blamed the Serpent for deceiving Eve, but seldom have we asked what she was doing under the tree when the Serpent met her there? Often have we berated Delilah who lured Samson to his fatal blindness, but seldom have we asked, “Where did that tragedy play out? At the Tabernacle in Shiloh in her Philistine brothel in the valley of Sorek?

It may be rightly argued that “forbidden fruit” does not mean “forbidden tree,” but common sense should tell every wise child to beware of “not-forbidden” trees that generate “forbidden fruits.” They will find the serpent waiting for them who go for shelter under the not-forbidden tree that bears forbidden fruits.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6).

If she had not been in the environment of the tree, how did she 'see' it? And what did her husband do who was there “with her,” watching idly while the sly serpent made advances? Some battles will never have confronted us if our feet had not taken us there. We need to pray the prayer that Jesus taught, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” (Matthew 6:13). Some places are more prone to Satanic activities and specific temptations than other places are. Satan is the Tempter, but sometimes we tempt the Tempter to tempt us by the places we go to. They tempt Satan to tempt them who seek shelter under trees that bear forbidden fruits.

From The Preacher’s diary.


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