The First Line to be Crossed
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Most of the problems and conflicts in the world start with the crossing or destroying of a boundary. From Germany invading Poland in World War 2, to everyday problems like being late or the tantrum my child has when I say no, all of them at their heart are about a line that says “stop” and we go past it. Sometimes tentatively, sometimes for understandable reasons, sometimes at full speed, but it is crossed.
A boundary draws a line. It says “This is me, this is my role. I am not you. I should not and cannot do your role.” When you think of it, the Bible is full of boundaries. God sets them EVERYWHERE! Creation begins with one – God separates the light from the dark - and it is good. Sin is in its essence the rejection of a boundary, and it begins its annihilation of the human race in the crossing of God’s boundary given to Adam and Eve. God said to the humans he had created, “You are not God, you should not have this knowledge”. The serpent said “You should be God, don’t listen to him.” Self was put before God, a line was crossed the line, and the rest is history. It plays out daily in us all
What’s your default reaction when someone sets a boundary for you that you don’t like. Examine your heart today prayerfully, considering your attitude and the ways that you might (intentionally or not) disregard them. Ask that God shows you areas where you are rebelling, and gives you the courage and strength to do something about it.