Consequences in little decisions

How to see long-term consequences in little decisions.

What are the toughtest decisions you have to make? Maybe you have a toughter time deciding on that new pair of shoes or the nenu for saturday night at the restaurant.  Whatever it is that we hate aboiut decisions, the fact is that we all have to make them and make them and make them.  We decide whether to get up in the morning. Then we decide when to get up early, late, somewhere in between.  Then we decide how to get up on the right or the wrong side of the bed.  Thereafter we really get into decision making, what to wear, wht to put on first, whether to bursh or teeth of brush our hair first, what to eat for breakfast, whether or not to wash the dishes, and on and on.

Think about the most importanst decisions your’ve made in your lifetime.  What were they?

Decisions.  We make them.  Then they turn around and make us.  Sometimes they break us.  Let me tell you about a woman who faced a decision.  It was probably not a decision most of us would put in the life changing categoty.  it was a casual decision about a piece of fruit.  The fruit looked delicious.  Someone said it would make her wise.  The next time you stand in the produce section of your supermarket and choose the right bunch of bananas or sort through the strawberries, think about this woman and the decision she made about some fruit.

The woman’s name id Eve.  We can learn a lot from the decisions she made. The first man and first woman were created in the image of God.  Adam and Eve were given dominion over God’s creation.  They had a responsibility to care for everything God put under them.  Created in God’s image, only they could enjoy fellowship with one another and with their Creator.

In the midst of all the opulence of Eden stood a tree whose fruit God had told Adam and Eve they could not eat.  In Genesis 2:16-17Genesis 2:16-17
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 Y mandó Jehová Dios al hombre, diciendo: «De todo árbol del huerto podrás comer; 17 pero del árbol del conocimiento del bien y del mal no comerás,ñ porque el día que de él comas, ciertamente morirás».o

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“And the Lord God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

In Genesis 3:1-7Genesis 3:1-7
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Desobediencia de Adán y Eva 3 1 La serpientea era más astutab que todos los animales del campo que Jehová Dios había hecho, y dijo a la mujer: --¿Conque Dios os ha dicho: “No comáis de ningún árbol del huerto”? 2 La mujer respondió a la serpiente: --Del fruto de los árboles del huerto podemos comer, 3 pero del fruto del árbol que está en medio del huerto dijo Dios: “No comeréis de él, ni lo tocaréis, para que no muráis”. 4 Entonces la serpiente dijo a la mujer: --No moriréis. 5 Pero Dios sabe que el día que comáis de él serán abiertos vuestros ojos y seréis como Dios, conocedores del bien y el mal. 6 Al ver la mujer que el árbol era bueno para comer, agradable a los ojos y deseable para alcanzar la sabiduría, tomó de su fruto y comió; y dio también a su marido, el cual comió al igual que ella.c 7 Entonces fueron abiertos los ojos de ambos y se dieron cuenta de que estaban desnudos.d Cosieron, pues, hojas de higuera y se hicieron delantales.

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 there we find a serpent slithering up to Eve to start a conversation that ended in disaster. Eve can choose to obey God or she can choose to turn her back on God and go her own own independent way.

God validated choice and He validated His image in us by giving us the power to choose.  The tree was there so that Adam and Eve could voluntarily choose to keep themselves in fellowship with God. All of our loves are bound up in choice.  Without the power to choose, to say that we love has no meaning.  We can demand obedience. We cannot demand love.  the tree gave Adam and Eve the oppertunity to love God meaningfully.