The Serpent or the Fruit?
I was recently discussing the temptation and sin of man in the Garden of Eden with a small group of Isaan people. I talked about how the serpent, which in the Thai Bible is the same word as snake, tempted the woman to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They listened to what I had to say, and we talked about how the first man and woman chose to listen to the serpent and disobeyed God.
Then at the end of our conversation, one of the Isaan people said that they understood the teaching, but did not know why fruit was so tempting to the woman. She said that in Isaan, fruit is easy to find, but how snakes are hard to find, and Isaan love to eat them. She went on to say that if it had been an Isaan person in the Garden of Eden, the snake would not have had a chance to tempt the woman with the fruit, because as soon as she would have seen the snake, she would have grabbed it to eat! May we have this same characteristic in our lives and not allow the serpent to tempt us!