God seeks obedience from Adam and Eve for their own good. Once they eat from the tree of knowledge they discover they are naked, they are expelled from the Garden of Eden and they sign their own death warrant. God’s commandments make sense even today. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ provides for the sanctity of life. When we disobey, we discover the horror of the death camps, murder children in the womb where they should be safe and condemn our elderly to the threat of euthanasia. When faced with difficult choices in life, we should trust in God as Joseph did when he listened to the angel who appeared twice in dreams with commands that would ultimately offer safe haven for his family and the infant Jesus.

The psalmist cries out in anguish at angry nations and rulers who prepare daily for battle, rather than serving the Lord by serving their people, ensuring those in their charge have the basic needs for life – water, food, shelter and warmth. God created sufficient for all.

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-4:26; Matthew 2:13-3.6; Psalm 2:1-12; Proverbs 1:7-9