Posted by: Pauline | September 6, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday September 13

Genesis 2:4b-25

We can only try to imagine what life was like in the Garden of Eden prior to Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Work that was a joy rather than an onerous duty, pleasure that carried with it no feelings of guilt or shame. That is how God created us to live, enjoying divine favor, meaningful work, and the intimacy of marriage.

It was not a life free of all constraints, however. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – which some scholars have said used the phrase “good and evil” to mean the entire range of possible knowledge – was strictly off-limits. Even in an ideal world, true wisdom does not mean knowing all that can be known.

Mark 10:2-9

People often want to know what they are allowed to do – how much they can fulfill their own desires before crossing some line that will result in punishment. The Pharisees who questioned Jesus spoke in terms of what a man was allowed to do, when he no longer wanted his wife anymore.

But Jesus answered in terms of God’s will and purpose. If we seek to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives, we will also find personal fulfillment – far more than if we focus on fulfilling our own desires.

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