Dear Eve, Why? Why? Why? Couldn’t you just obey! You had other fruits in the garden, couldn’t you just ignore the snake and stay strong? Then, wouldn’t you sin alone? Why include Adam in it?
So, in the past I used to tell people how I would love to meet Eve and give her a piece of my mind. Of course there are other Bible characters I would want to meet in heaven. but for most of them, it is because I admire them and emulate them daily. Others like Joseph I just want to shake his hand, the guy fled from the beautiful Pharaoh’s wife. Then there is Judas, I would want to hear his side of the story. (The debate on whether he is in heaven or not is not for you and I) But Eve! No. Eve owes the universe an apology. That was me. Until…
I realized just like Adam and Eve, God has given us laws. In His word, He says ‘Do not Kill’, ‘Do not covet ‘, do not worship any other gods’, do not commit adultery’ Exodus 20 right? There are other instructions that we have been given as well, Luke 10:27 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ Matthew 6:33 ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ These are just a few of the many instructions we have been given by God.
God has also given us so much freedom in Him, so much joy in Him. Life in abundance, There’s peace, that which surpasses all human understanding, there is comfort. In Him we are never alone, In Him, we are covered. So there are so many other fruits in the garden. But just like Eve, we are attracted to the forbidden fruit, we are tempted daily. If I speak for myself, I cannot say if I was Eve I could do better, maybe I would not even need the snake, I would just stare at it until it was in my mouth. Who knows?
So, Dear (Insert your name) Why? Why? Why? don’t you just obey! why don’t you just ignore the devil and stay strong? Why don’t you flee? Why don’t you resist? Yes. because it is hard. But possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.
May God help us to pay attention to His instructions.