The End of the Beginning of the End of the Beginning

serpentLies. They’re everywhere. Sweet little lies. White lies. Tiny lies. Lies that we think we need to say because of social convention. Lies that we feel we need to say to protect someone’s feelings. Lies we say in order to keep the peace in a friendship. Th lies we say when asked “Does this outfit make me look fat?” So many lies.

Lies have been around for eons. We lie to each other. We lie about what we’re doing. We lie on Facebook about how great our life is and then complain when someone else lies about how great their life is on Facebook too. Of course, eons ago, they didn’t have Facebook. They didn’t have Twitter and social media.

The very first lie was the beginning of end in some ways. All the way in Genesis 3, the serpent, the craftiest of all the creatures tells a simple little lie. Its not even a full out, blown up lie, it’s a simple lie at its best, a twist of the truth.

God had commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Simple enough. And then the serpent says to Adam and Eve (Though only Eve speaks at the time, Adam is passive the whole time just standing around looking on)

Did God really say ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

Eve defends God but is already caught up in the lie without realizing it. She tries to correct the serpent. She says that God didn’t say they couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden, just not the one in the middle because they will die. The thing is, is that there are two trees in the middle of the garden, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And Eve gets caught up in the lie and doesn’t realize that the serpent is goading her on, leading her down the path with more lies.

The serpent then tells Eve that she will not only not die but will be like God himself. What an amazing thought. To be like God. They got to walk with him in the cool of the day. They got to talk with him. They got to spend time with him. But to be just like him? What an amazing thing!

The thing is, is that once both Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they realized that not only were they not ever going to be like God, the realized just how horrible things were going to be. And they hid. Instead of allowing their guilt to drive them to God to seek him out and confess what they did, they hid. They tried to cover up their mistake. It didn’t work. They tried to hide from God, it didn’t work.

We tell lies. We’ve told lies ever since then. And things haven’t gone well for us. Yet we still tell lies. We tell lies to ourselves that we believe. And we tell lies to God hoping he believes them. Actually lying to God and thinking he wouldn’t see through it.

When I worked as a mall cop, I was lied to a lot. The majority of the time, I could see right through the lie. Other times, it took a little bit more probing and asking questions to see that the person was lying. The thing is, I came in with the assumption that they would be lying to me. They were caught in a crime (such as shop lifting) and they lied to try to get out of it. The thing is, is that the simple fact that they had the stolen merchandise on them proved finally that they were lying.

That’s the thing about lies, it ruins relationships. We now assume that we will be lied to. When we ask someone how they’re doing, we expect them to lie to us and we are expected to lie to them. We’re doing great. Praise the Lord! If it’s not one blessing, it’s another. Lies.

Why?

Because we have broken relationships ever since the first lie was told. Ever since then, we’ve lied to one another and broken relationships abound.

Tree of lifeThe thing is, is that these relationships can be fixed. These relationships can be repaired. If we let them. Jesus is the ultimate repairer of relationships. He came to repair our relationships with God and with each other. But we have to let him. We have to let him repair our relationships. We have to let him be active in our lives, constantly taking away our cynicism, our distrust, our pain, and allowing us to make room for others in our lives.

That first lie in many ways was the end to the beginning. Yet it was also the beginning of the end of the end of the beginning. From the very moment Adam and Eve pushed God away and decided to try to be like him instead, God began his plan to bring his people back to himself and restore that relationship that was lost. The end of the beginning of the end was beginning.

And it is found in Jesus. And one day, one day all will be made new again. And one day, relationships with one another will be made completely whole. And one day, our relationship with God will be made completely whole. Until then, we live with each other. Our own brokenness, living with other broken people, working with each other to allow Jesus to restore our relationships with one another and with God himself.

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