No Dont's

Jim Coyle

"And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”  Genesis 2:16

Reading about the fall of man, I sometimes think, “how simple it would be to obey just one little rule.”  After all, how hard can that be?  It wasn’t even something that required a lot of effort or work.  In fact, Adam and Eve didn’t have to do anything; they just had to not eat one type of fruit.  What if all we had to do today was obey one don’t?  That would be so simple, but unfortunately, we are now in a time where there are many rules.  There are rules for driving, interacting with others, games and most importantly, to stay in fellowship with God.

Our problem is like the Pharisees.  We sometimes get so focused on what not to do that we forget what we should be doing.  In Matthew 23, Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was.  He replied, “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” He did not focus on what not to do, but what we should do, just two things and you obey all the rules.  How simple is that?

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