The Serpent

     The Garden of Eden, Paradise on earth, Shangri-la.. Lost to humans forever, by human nature. Irony? Oh yeah, beyond the nth degree. Another The first case of wanting more than what we have. Even when we have almost everything that we could possibly need for the perfect life, we want it all.. And even God Himself could not control our desire to have it..

     Satan in the form of a serpent tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit, and she in turn played on Adam‘s weakness as well.  Some things have not changed since the beginning of time. Greed and temptation are the motivational factors behind so much that we see today. So my questions are these; What form will our “serpent” take and what will the fatal temptation be, that will bring about an end to our “Paradise”?

     Enjoy a serpent-free Sunday,


At the source of temptation is greed.



 In answer, to the serpent’s beckon,

   that’s when, Eden fell.

and what, will be our serpent?

   I reckon, time will tell.


The serpent, is temptation,

and the promise, that it holds,

take this, you’ll like it, it’s okay,

is how it all unfolds.


Wanting more, than what we have,

is human, it will say,

go ahead, and have your fill,

the fruit, is sweet today.


But, the fruit, turns bitter,

and fills us all, with sorrow,

for what, we wanted, yesterday,

we’ll crave, all the more, tomorrow.


Jack Downing

June 2009

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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5 Responses to The Serpent

  1. Beth Ann says:

    The serpent does indeed come in all shapes and sizes and forms!!! Great offering this fine Sunday!!!

  2. silver price says:

    although Chapter 3 of Genesis does not use the word “sin” and Genesis 3:24 makes clear that the couple are expelled “lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever”. St Augustine of Hippo (354–430), working with a Latin translation of the epistle, understood Paul to have said that Adam’s sin was hereditary: “Death passed upon (i.e. spread to) all men because of Adam, [in whom] all sinned”.

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