The other day my son and I were “shooting hoops” outside on our driveway. I did 3 front flips, (like a ninja) bounced off my car, did a back flip with my tongue sticking out like Jordan, slammed dunked the basketball, and shattered the glass backboard like if I was Shaquille O’Neal. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating (just a little). But, my son did call me Kobe. Or, he might’ve said he wanted to go Kobe’s, the Japanese Steakhouse restaurant, by the same name. Anyways, when the ball came down, it almost hit one of the roses I have planted in my front yard. So, I moved the portable basketball backboard closer to the street, and away from my bootleg little garden.
Then, a snake popped out and tried to slither away to our backyard. I screamed and shielded my body with my son’s. Just kidding. Though, I did scream! I quickly opened the garage door, grabbed a shovel, and killed the anaconda, saving my son’s life, and the lives of my wife and neighbors. My wife says it was just a small garden snake the size of an infant’s shoelace, but I felt like a superhero, none the less.
That reminds me of our first parents, who also dealt with a Snake, six thousand years ago, in a place called Eden. Adam and Eve were inseparable. Except for the time Adam went to pick some roses for his mamasita, while Eve was out talking to a flying reptile. (Now, I don’t know about you, but if an animal talks to me and Dr. Dolittle is not there to translate, I’M RUNNING!) Especially, if that animal is not a parrot!
Now, when the Bible says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” 1 I think It means, EVER. We were never meant to isolate ourselves from the real world. We need each other. Example, if Adam was with Eve, at the time the Devil was tempting her, he could’ve told her, “Don’t do it! There’s something fishy going on. I named the serpent and the serpent does NOT talk!”
But, he wasn’t with her and Eve took a bite from the mango. (I wouldn’t sin for an apple. So, I refuse to believe Eve did. Now, warm apple pie with ice cream; that’s a different story!) Did you know Ellen White says that the serpent plucked the fruit and put it in her hand? 2 Eve never went for it, but she took it. The same thing happens to us, huh? Satan knows Christian teens will never go the bodega to buy some beer, or to the street corner to buy some weed. But, if someone offers it to them at a party; then maybe. Don’t take it!
If you are tempted to take something, though, borrow my shovel. And, stomp that slimy Snake in the head with it. Oh wait. Jesus already did that for you on Calvary.
1. Gen. 2:18
2. Patriarchs and Prophets (Ellen G. White) page 30