In our quest to become healthier, my husband and I have been trying to ‘do more and eat less’. I can tell you it has not been an easy road. We have cut our portions, sugars and carbs. My husband has had a harder time than I have. He loves sweets and tries to use fruit as a substitute.
One day after lunch, he finished before I did and walked over to where I keep the fruit. He grabbed something out of the fruit bowl and sat back down. After a few seconds, he says, “These are the sourest oranges I have ever tasted. Don’t ever buy these again.”
I was puzzled by his comment because I had not bought any oranges. I looked at his pile of cut up fruit and burst out laughing. It wasn’t an orange, it was a lemon. (The look on his face was priceless.)
He said that it sure looked like an orange to him. That week I had bought a new kind of lemon which was a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange because they were cheaper than regular lemons. I use them in recipes that call for lemon juice and salad dressing. They look like a lemon, but have a light, smooth light orange-colored rind.
This incident was a reminder to me that appearances can be deceiving. In Genesis, the devil was disguised as a serpent and approached Eve in the Garden of Eden. At that time the serpent had to be an appealing looking creature because Eve had a conversation with him.
He wanted Eve to eat of The Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-And-Evil. God specifically told Adam and Eve they could not eat from that one tree or they would die; however, all the other fruit in the garden was okay for consumption. The serpent very shrewdly convinced Eve that she would not die if she ate the fruit. She would be like God and know good and evil. It was a beautiful tree and had nice looking fruit. So, she was convinced it was okay and ate it.
Though the fruit looked appetizing, like that hybrid lemon I bought, it soured the relationship Adam and Eve had with God. They were no longer able to walk with Him and talk with Him face to face. Adam and Eve’s disobedience was the first sin brought into the world. God does not tolerate disobedience.
So often sin looks appealing and is enticing. Sometimes it brings us pleasure or has some “reward” and sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. Like Paul said, we try to do the right thing, but end up doing what we shouldn’t. Our sins – intentional or not sours our relationship with God.
God understands that we are human and weak. Though he cannot tolerate sin, He does love the sinner. He has made a way for forgiveness of sin through His Son, Jesus, whose death on the cross paid for the sin of mankind that goes well into the future and all the way back to Adam and Eve. Our part is to ask for forgiveness and just believe that Jesus died for us. Our faith in Jesus opens the door to a new beginning and sweeter relationship with God. After all, that’s what Easter is all about.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:6