Journey in the Word: Denying God’s Truthfulness

Week 3

Read:  Genesis 3:1

This week we work our way through the Fall narrative.  We discover how God’s plan became perverted through humanity’s actions.  We move from not much more than a glimpse of “good news” to a recurring theme of “bad news” and how God has had to deal with us ever since.

In this passage I see the contradiction of God.  The word Satan means “deceiver,” and one of the ways we are deceived is by taking a view of life opposite to revelation.  Satan flatly contradicted God.  “You will not die,” the devil said, even though God had said we would.

There is a great fork in the road of life.  One path follows revelation.  The other follows some kind of contradiction of that revelation.  We are not forced by God to choose either path, but the consequences of our choice are beyond number.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Journey in the Word: Denying God’s Truthfulness

  1. Joyce Alexander says:

    Steve, Your daily devotion post is going to another 5 people you don’t have in your count right now. I have established an on-line “Bible Study” group in my congregation; I forward the scripture and your comments to them, and include my comments. They are free to respond to me if they wish. I am hopeful that additional folks will want to join in. I have a number of people who, for scheduling, timing, or travel reasons cannot attend a regular small group, and have been struggling for ways to disciple them.
    Perhaps other readers might find this interesting.

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