“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

– Genesis 3:4-5 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

Today marks a notorious holiday known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Traditionally, it is the last day to indulge—and often overindulge—before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of a season of fasting for Lent. Known for it’s sexual decadence, drunkenness, and hedonism, the Mardi Gras festival has become a time that destroys our identities with sin just before we reflect on who God is. Like the Garden of Eden, we keep thinking that God’s ways hold us back; that we can discern right from wrong. Mardi Gras now stands as a expression of the hostility of our sinful nature to God.

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