Lent I


Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7

The Lord GOD took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord GOD commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord GOD had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

What does evil look like?

Having just finished reading Oscar Wilde’s book the The Picture of Dorian Gray, I was amazed at how Dorian’s outward physical beauty communicated purity and goodness to his friends.  They couldn’t imagine his transgressions, but Dorian was truly  rotten to the core. We “modern” folks imagine we have evolved from the simply equating evil with outward ugliness.  We know that evil isn’t always self-evident. It doesn’t advertise itself as diabolical. Rather, the power of evil is it’s seductive qualities. Evil often masks itself as a good. All of us, even those we deem as “good” have a shady side.Villains are handsome and have great soundbites. The forbidden fruit doesn’t come with a warning label.  Sometimes evil just looks good.

Wilderness Hell by Leroy Almon, Sr.