The First Two Questions in Scripture

A friend posted this today. It blessed and moved me. Perhaps it will bless you too.

My Pastoral Ponderings

The very first question in the Bible is asked by the serpent, the second by God. This seems significant to me. The struggle begins, and is seen throughout God’s word – of good versus evil, of God dealing with our fallenness, of our willingness to be led by the wrong questioner, and the wrong questions. It’s all there, in the beginning:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?

Genesis 3:1

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him…

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