Have you ever felt like hiding from God, because of your guilt over sin? But what if—instead of you withdrawing from God, he drove you from his presence, because of your sin? That’s so much worse, right? And that’s exactly what happened to Adam and Eve, and to us. But as we look at this heartbreaking story of two people who had everything and lost it all, we’re going to have some glimpses of hope for a way to return.
I’m delighted to have Kim Cash Tate with me. Kim is a Bible teacher, and author of many books, including Cling.
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Guest: Kim Cash Tate
Bible Passage: Genesis 3:21-24
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Kim Cash Tate is a Bible teacher and author of several books, including Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God and her fictional Promises of God series. She is also a singer/songwriter and has created and written a scripted web series called Cling the Series. Kim has an active YouTube channel with biblical content and you can find her there and on all social media platforms @kimcashtate. She and her husband Bill have two young adult children.
She Saw Something that Blinded Her
Here’s an excerpt from my book, Control Girl, which I referred to in this episode with Kim Cash Tate:
This distinction between good and evil is kept safe only when it is kept from us. God intended to be the keeper of this distinction forever. So he tucked the knowledge of good and evil into leafy branches of a tree, and guarded it with his one and only rule. When Eve bit into that fruit, yes, her eyes were opened. She suddenly saw something she hadn’t, but her eyes weren’t designed to see it. It was like looking into a solar eclipse. Her eyesight was ruined.
With her feminine little hand, Eve ushered mankind into the era the Bible describes as “this present darkness” (Eph. 6:12). Evil began to look good to us, and good looked evil. The distinctions between the two became warped by our darkened understanding (Eph. 4:18).
By breaking God’s one and only rule, Adam and Eve made new rules necessary. Hundreds of them. God provided his Law (including the Ten Commandments) as a corrective lens, to help us see good and evil the way he does. However, the Law can’t fix our eyesight. It merely points out how dim our perspective is and how evil our hearts have become.
The Law shows us our need for Jesus, the Light of the World. Jesus came that we might turn from darkness to light (Acts 26:18). Turning to Jesus is the exact reversal of Eve’s story in the garden. When we follow Eve’s example, we become Control Girls; when we follow Jesus’s example and say as he did, “Not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42), we become Jesus Girls. Just like Eve, we have a choice: Control Girl or Jesus Girl.
- A Control Girl detaches from God.
- A Jesus Girl relies on him.
- A Control Girl breaks God’s rules.
- A Jesus Girl embraces the Bible’s instructions.
- A Control Girl trusts her own perspective.
- A Jesus Girl defers to God’s viewpoint.
Control Girls don’t like restrictions. They want to be in control and decide for themselves what is right and wrong. But women who are sweetly surrendered to God let him decide. They live day by day brushing up against all sorts of appealing—but destructive—options. Rather than reaching for the forbidden things, they trust God when he says something is harmful. Control Girls and Jesus Girls are set apart by their perspectives on right and wrong.
Who gets to decide? A Control Girl trusts her own viewpoint; a Jesus Girl defers to God’s. She believes that God’s restrictions lead to a lush, satisfying life, not a life of deprivation.
These are some of the books that have helped me prepare for the conversations we’re having about the True Story of the Beginning. I highly recommend each of them. My book, Control Girl, includes a chapter on Eve, titled, “It Looked Good to me.”
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Recommended Podcast Episodes
These are some of the podcasts I have especially appreciated, and which have helped me prepare for the conversations we’re having about the True Story of the Beginning. I highly recommend each of them.Listen on Spotify
Season 4: The True Story of the Beginning
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To help you, we’ve added a False Narrative Watchlist as part of the Live Like It’s True Workbook, which correlates with this Story of the Beginning series. This part of the workbook helps you to put side by side, the truths communicated in this story, next to the false narratives of the world. I hope you’ll pick up your free copy today!
- The 4-page True Story Worksheet
- The 1-page True Story Worksheet
- 2-sided bookmark with Study and Story Tools
- False Narrative Watchlist
- “Awakening to the False Narratives”
- Four Reasons Journaling Prompt
- Reading the Bible as Story, content directory from the Podcast
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