Genesis 1,2; Luke 1
“And the Lord God commanded the man saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat …’ Then the Lord said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone …’” (Genesis 2:16-17)
God actually gave instructions to the man concerning the handling of the garden, especially pertaining to the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Woman was not yet created; she is created 5 verses later. Therefore, God expected the husband to pass on His instructions to Adam’s wife. We know that she did receive instruction because she knew God’s instructions when she dialogued with the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3. However, because she disobeyed her husband’s instructions, she also disobeyed the Lord. But you want to know what would have been worse? It would be if the husband gave no instructions at all! And if a husband remains silent on the things of God … and mark my words …. The world will step in to take your place and counterfeit anything God says with worldly lies.
We all realize that many times, today’s husbands leave much to the wife in the areas of spirituality and godliness. Of course, the wife’s heart must be set from the beginning to submit to her husband’s godly instructions. However, if the husband stops instructing, they both fall. Think about it … The first sin was not eating the fruit. That was the consequence. The first sin was the wife not obeying her husband’s godly instructions. Or maybe… it was the husband not emphasizing to Eve the critical importance of obeying God’s commands! But in either case, although we can blame the devil for deceiving us, maybe we should begin by assessing our gullibility and deceivability to having been hoodwinked in the first place.
Father, as a husband, may I always pass on Your instructions to my wife. Speak through me. Love through me. Forgive through me. Care through me. We both want to do Your will. I pray that You would help us to remain obedient, and to stick with Your plan, even in the midst of temptation and adversity. In 2021, I pledge my allegiance to You. My life is Yours to command. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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