Our Honesty Prayer
Help us to be honest when we do something wrong.
Help us not to blame other people, but acknowledge our mistakes,
and apologise and so learn and move on.
The Temptation of Adam and Eve
One day, when Adam and Eve were walking separately in the garden, a serpent – or a snake – wriggled up to Eve, and asked her, was she really allowed to eat the fruit of any tree in the garden? Eve replied yes, but not the one in the middle, as God had told them that if they did eat from that tree, they would die.
‘Oh no, you won’t,’ said the serpent. ‘God just doesn’t want you to eat from that tree, because if you did, you would know as much as God, and God doesn’t want you to know as much as God does. Why don’t you try it? You won’t die, you’ll just know as much as God.’
So Eve looked at the tree, and saw that the fruit (hold up your apple) looked very tasty. So she picked a fruit and ate some. When she did, the serpent was right, she didn’t die. And the fruit was delicious. So she found Adam, told him what had happened and gave him some fruit to eat.
Adam ate the fruit, and then the story tells us that now they realised that they didn’t have any clothes on! So they made clothes like swimming costumes from leaves, and then hid from God.
So when God arrived in the garden that evening for his walk with Adam and Eve, he couldn’t find them. God called out to them, and when they came out, he asked them ‘What have you done?’
Adam said, ‘It wasn’t my fault. She told me to do it.’ And Eve said, ‘It wasn’t my fault, the serpent told me to do it.’ And the serpent just looked smug.
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Were Adam and Eve honest when God caught them eating the forbidden fruit?
Who did they try to blame?
Are we honest when caught out? What should we do?
Moses and the Ten Commandments
Moses is one of the great biblical heroes and is revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims. There are many stories about this great and inspirational leader, but one of the things that we most associate with Moses is the Ten Commandments.
The story starts when Moses leads the Hebrew people to escape from slavery in Egypt. They began a long and dangerous journey into the desert. Moses told the people that God would be their guide and would help them. They knew that they were now free to go wherever they wanted and do whatever they wanted. At first, everyone enjoyed the freedom, but it was not long before some people began to complain. The desert was a dangerous place and they wanted to know how long they would have to wander there. The people also complained that they were hungry. Although they had been slaves in Egypt, they had still had enough food. Looking back, the people began to say that they had been better off before and that life was easier in Egypt.
Moses tried to keep the people’s spirits high and led them on through the desert until they came to the Oasis of Sinai. Here, there was water and food and they could set up their tents for a while. It was on Mount Sinai that God gave Moses a list of rules about the best way to live: The Ten Commandments!
The first four commandments are about loving God; the others are about loving other people.
With our theme of honesty, number nine - Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbour - is very important. Don't lie - in other words, be honest!