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unique in its character (see Gen 3:16-17).   merry way? Reading and meditating on
        That is why Paul says of humanity’s trans-  God’s Word is a faith strengthening agent
        gressions from Adam to Moses that their   like no other. How our faith needs to be
        sin was somehow different from Adam’s.   tempered and strengthened. The temper-
        “Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam   ing process is, as both Paul and Peter tell
        to Moses, even over those who did not sin   us, a matter of great value. “That the trial
        in the likeness of Adam’s transgression”   of your faith, being much more precious
        (Rom 5:14 CSB).                       than of gold that perisheth, though it be
          God had spoken individually and per-  tried with fire, might be found unto praise
        sonally to Adam, and he chose to disobey.   and honour and glory at the appearing of
        Perhaps it was his “love for Eve” that   Jesus Christ” (1Pe 1:7). “Faith cometh by
        caused him to eat. He could not contem-  hearing, and hearing by the word of God”
        plate going on without her. Whatever the   (Rom 10:17).
        case, his sin was blatant disobedience to   Who is it that recognizes our faith? It is
        God’s spoken command to him. Eve’s sin   primarily God Himself. “But to this man
        involved being deceived by the serpent,   will I look, even to him that is poor and
        believing his word rather than believing   of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my
        what God spoke to Adam. But both Adam   word” (Isa 66:2).
        and Eve’s sins were an act of the will.   Notice also Jeremiah 15:16: “Thy words
        Therefore, if disobedience mingled with   were found, and I did eat them; and thy
        unbelief is characterized by an act of the   word was unto me the joy and rejoicing
        will, is not faith also, but in the opposite   of mine heart.” His words being “found”
        direction? It is not a moving away from   indicate that there was an exercise on behalf
        God but a turning to Him in a decided   of a seeker.
        act of faith.                           The Word of God was found in Josiah’s
          The psalmist writes, “One thing have   day after it had lain dormant for many
        I desired of the LORD, that will I seek   years and the subsequent Passover was
        after; that I may dwell in the house of the   unrivaled in its observance. “And Hilkiah
        LORD all the days of my life, to behold   answered and said to Shaphan the scribe,
        the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire   I have found the book of the law in the
        in his temple” (27:4).                house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered
          We have another example of this in   the book to Shaphan” (2Ch 34:15). “No
        the person of Ruth. While Orpah kissed   Passover had been observed like it in Is-
        Naomi, Ruth clung to her. How is it with   rael since the days of the prophet Samuel.
        us? Do we cling to God’s faithful Word?   None of the kings of Israel ever observed a
        Yes, some parts of it are difficult to grasp,   Passover like the one that Josiah observed
        but God’s Holy Spirit is available to be   with the priests, the Levites, all Judah, the
        our helper. “When he, the Spirit of truth,   Israelites who were present in Judah, and
        is come, he will guide you into all truth”   the inhabitants of Jerusalem” (35:18 CSB).
        (Joh 16:13). Let us put this to the test in   Let us today be people of the Book, cling-
        our daily reading of God’s Word. Are we   ers to God’s Word, and, as a result, let our
        clingers like Ruth was to Naomi, or do we   faith be strengthened until the day of His
        have a brief “peck on the cheek” in the   appearing in the clouds when we will go
        morning like Orpah and then go off on our   to be forever with our glorious Lord.

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