Who told you that you were lazy? – A parable based on Genesis 3

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really give you nothing to do and tell you not to harvest the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.“We don’t need to harvest and toil, God has provided everything we need. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.’”

“You’re being lazy!” the serpent replied to the woman.“If you work hard, harvest the fruit and make things for yourselves, then you will be like God, productive and dependent on no one.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she didn’t want any of it to go to waste. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Together they began storing up the fruit. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their laziness. So they sewed fig leaves together to keep themselves busy.

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees and tried to keep busy.

Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I have been lazy and I didn’t want you to find me doing nothing.”

“Who told you that you were lazy?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten and harvested from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?

”The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why we stored the fruit and made ourselves busy.”

Based on – Genesis 3:1-13 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis3:1-13&version=NLT

Genesis 3, Who told you that you were lazy?, Busyness, Adam and Eve

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