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Safety in Numbers

Let me tell you about a fun little interruption to my day Sunday afternoon. (Of course, I am using the word "fun" a bit out of context, and this story may not be for the weak of heart, or um, stomach.)

I was in my bedroom for just a few minutes before I came out to fix myself some supper. From the kitchen, I glanced toward the front door and saw something on the carpet. I knew whatever it was it didn't belong and so I headed toward the door to pick it up.

It was a small, flattened, empty, cardboard box. It had clearly been chewed and due to its flattened condition, I knew the contents were in the culprit's stomach. My two cats had been in the bedroom with me. That left one. My dog.

The contents of the box? Raisins.

I knew what I had to do. I quickly grabbed the Hydrogen Peroxide from under my bathroom sink. Measured 5 teaspoons of the clear liquid into a bowl (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight by the way.) I then excitedly called Baxter as I headed outside.

He was so happy. He had no idea what was about to go down.

I was prepared to get my turkey baster if needed and force the liquid into his stomach, however, based on my experience with my Golden Retriever years ago and the 3 or 4 pounds of chocolate fudge she ate, I wondered if Baxter would drink it down eagerly, like she had done.

Well, it fooled him long enough to get most of it down the hatch. I stood outside with him and waited. It didn't take long and his stomach contents were no longer in his stomach.

Scientists and vets don’t know why raisins (and grapes) are toxic to dogs but they can be deadly.

I'm sure Baxter loved those raisins. I have no idea how he got the box though. The only thing I can figure out, and it is very plausible, is that my cat Ricky jumped up on the counter when I wasn't looking, took the box out of the fruit basket, then knocked the box down to Baxter...probably with a wicked little chuckle.

There is no doubt my Golden Retriever loved that homemade chocolate fudge.

But those sorts of foods can kill our beloved animals.

It looked pleasing. It tasted pleasing. It was just the opposite.

Sound familiar?

Tradition holds it was an apple but really, we don’t know what it was. It could have been a mango or pomegranate. It could be a fruit we have yet to know about it. Maybe the fruit of this tree is exclusive to that one tree. What we know is that woman has taken the fall for the fall for thousands of years.

"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6 ESV

Here is my question.

From childhood I was taught, and still hear today, that Eve had wandered off on her own when she encountered the serpent. (It seems some of the moral of the story may have been that in leaving her husband's side she put herself at risk. But what was there for her to fear in the garden?! That argument has never made sense to me.)

Back to the original question. Did Eve wander off without Adam?

That is not what the Bible says. At least that is not what I am reading. And I looked at three other versions:

"...she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." KJV

"...she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate." NKJV

"...she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it." NIV

I cannot find anywhere in scripture that mentions exactly where Adam was when all this was going down. If that is the case, why do we assume he was not with Eve?

I offer the following.

The Bible says, speaking of the serpent, “…and he said to the woman…”

It doesn’t say “he said to the woman AND THE MAN…”. The entire verbal exchange with the serpent in Genesis 3, only mentions Eve.

Secondly, when the Lord came to the garden in the cool of the day, Adam blamed Eve, not the serpent. “Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Verse 8

If Adam was present, with the beguiling snake, he would have said as much when answering God, don’t you think?

I read an intriguing question… “If Adam and Eve had no knowledge of good and evil, how could they know it was wrong to disobey God and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?”

There was no other requirement from Adam or Eve other than to take God at His Word. If they had approached the topic of eating with trust, faith, and obedience, we probably would not be here, but who knows how all of that would have worked out.

So, whether Adam arrived on scene with Eve after the serpent conversation, or whether Eve took the fruit to him, I think we can agree that it would have been tougher for the devil to deceive both had they been together.

As we navigate this thing called life, let us remember to not try to do it alone.

I remember as a child heading down to the lake to swim at summer camp. Camp counselors made sure we were pared up with one other person: our swimming buddy.

It was all our jobs to keep an eye on our buddy. One person was responsible for just one other person and with this concept all persons were being watched over.

King Solomon wrote about the value of a companion.

“Two are better than one,

Because they have a good reward for their labor.

For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

But woe to him who is alone when he falls,

For he has no one to help him up.

Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;

But how can one be warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.

And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NKJV

Grab the hand of a friend. We got this.

by Jeanette Stark - Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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