I Cannot Dig! ~ Lessons of Labor!


   

Genesis Three (CJB): Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai Elohim had made. He said to the woman, 'Did Elohim really say, 'You are not to eat from any tree in the garden'?' The woman answered the serpent, 'We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden Elohim said, 'You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.' The serpent said to the woman, 'It is not true that you will surely die, because Elohim knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim, knowing good and evil.' When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband who was with her; and he ate.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths. They heard the voice of Adonai Elohim, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai Elohim, among the trees in the garden. Adonai Elohim called to the man, 'Where are you?' He answered, 'I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.' He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?' The man replied, 'The woman you gave to be with me; she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.' Adonai Elohim said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' The woman answered, 'The serpent tricked me, so I ate.'
Adonai Elohim said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.' To the woman he said, 'I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.' To Adam he said, 'Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, 'You are not to eat from it,' the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground - for you were taken out of it: you are dust, and you will return to dust.'
The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living. Adonai Elohim made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Adonai Elohim said, 'See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, to prevent his putting out his hand and taking also from the tree of life, eating, and living forever -' therefore Adonai Elohim sent him out of the garden of 'Eden to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So he drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of 'Eden the k'ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. {See also: Matthew Henry Commentary ~ Gen 3}
You Cannot Serve Elohim And Mammon!
Yeshua said to His disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward. And he was accused to him, that he had wasted his goods. And he called him and said to him, What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you may no longer be steward. And the steward said within himself, What shall I do? For my lord is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. I know what I will do, so that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
So he called everyone of his lord's debtors and said to the first: How much do you owe my lord? He replied: A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him: Take your bill and sit down quickly and write fifty! Then he said to another: And how much do you owe? He replied: A hundred cors of wheat. So he said to him: Take your bill and write eighty! But the unjust steward's lord commended him because he had done wisely. For the children of this world are in their generation, wiser than the children of light.
But I say to you; make friends by the mammon of unrighteousness for yourselves, so that when you fail, they may receive you into everlasting dwellings. He who is faithful in the least is also faithful in much. And he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much. Therefore, if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who shall give you that which is your own?
No servant can serve two masters: For either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other: You cannot serve Elohim and mammon!
Being money-lovers, all the Pharisees also, heard all these things, and they derided Him. But He said to them: You are those who justify yourselves before men, but Elohim knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of Elohim! (Luke 16:1-15)

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