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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Poem Re-visited, "Learned Temptation"

This poem is a Villanelle  poem form I wrote for a book project, "Words of Inspiration", that is currently on hold, may revisit in future. For now, thought this poem may need re-visiting for some; including, myself


Learned Temptation

From the womb to the ground we now return
When from the serpent we was deceived
As in temptation we failed and did learn

Now to this our struggle we did earn
For our creator was greatly grieved
From the womb to the ground we now return

As paradise He gave us we overturn
Eyes opened to knowledge we now received
As in temptation we failed and did learn

This our history with Him concern
As to the other our choice perceived
From the womb to the ground we now return

Bruised in mind we must now stand stern
So foot to heal our walk be achieved
As in temptation we failed and did learn

For now with knowledge we must discern
To whom our alliance be reprieved
From the womb to the grown we now return
As in temptation we failed and did learn
   ©Doris Elaine

Inspiration: Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, Key Verses 4-7"Then the serpent said to the woman, 'you shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day 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, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of it's fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them where opened, they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made them coverings" (NKJV). & 11 "And He said, 'Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?'" (NKJV). Personal comment: In reading on you will see in answering God, the woman blamed the serpent, the man blamed the woman and the Lord punished all three; ending with the man. Verse 17b-19 "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return" (NKJV). 

Thoughts: I've often wondered what it would have been had temptation not entered our existence. But now I see it, basically, had to enter our lives to give us free will; a choice. Temptation will always be and we do sometimes make the wrong choice in that temptation. But, we have a forgiving God that loves and wants us, even in our failings. The thing is to learn (knowledge of good and evil) from these wrong choices in temptations so as to try not repeat them; thus, learned temptation. 

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