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Sin and Death

In Sin and Death on April 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

After creating man, God prepared a garden which was to be his future home. This was a sample of what the rest of the world was to be made by his offspring. This home was called the “Garden of Eden.” It was very beautiful, for “out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.” (Gen. 2 :9)  When it was completed, the Lord gave to man the earth and all that was in it. “The earth hath He given to the children of men.” (Ps. 115: 16)  Man was also to be ruler of all that was on the earth. The Lord said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the -sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)

Fear was unknown in that beautiful home. All was love, peace, and happiness. Even the beasts loved Adam, and delighted to obey him.   Adam and Eve found delightful employment in caring for their Eden home, and they were also students of the manifold works of God.  The living creatures which God had made, the leaves, the flowers, the trees, the wonders of the heavens, the mysteries of light and sound,— all were open to their study.  Adam and Eve were innocent and holy when they came from the creative hand of God.  Full liberty was given them either to believe, obey, and live, or to doubt, disobey, and die.  Of every other tree they could freely eat, but of this one God said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”(Gen. 3:3)  God placed man under law as an indispensable condition of his very existence. He was a subject of the divine government, and there can be no government without law. God might have created man without the power to transgress His law; He might have withheld the hand of Adam from touching the forbidden fruit; but in that case man would have been, not a free moral agent, but a mere automation.  Having himself lost the peace and happiness of heaven, Satan could not endure the sight of the happiness of Adam and Eve in Eden. Moved by envy, he resolved to lead them into disobedience and sin.  By leading the first pair into sin, he hoped to obtain possession of the earth, and make it his permanent home and the seat of his government.  God had said of the tree of knowledge, “Neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” As this tree was the only test.  Hence, had they obeyed God and kept away from it, they would never have known evil.

Curiosity finally led Eve to examine this tree, which had connected with it such terrible consequences.  By so doing, she placed herself in the very path of Satan’s temptations, and he was there to meet her as he always meets us when we go in the way of temptation.  Eve’s desire for the forbidden fruit was so great that she finally yielded to the persuasion of the enemy. She ate of it, and gave it to her husband, and he also ate. They at once became sinful beings, and in consequence lost their Eden home.  Then lest they should eat of the tree of life, and thus perpetuate a life of sin, they were driven from the garden, and cherubim and a flaming sword were stationed to guard every avenue to this life-giving tree. (See Gen. 3 : 22-24)  The effects of their sin did not cease with themselves. All that have been born of them come under the same sentence of death. Paul tells us the result: “As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; . . .so death passed upon all men.” (Rom. 5: 12) The account of the origin of sin is the account of the origin of death.

After creating man, God prepared a garden which was to be his future home. This was a sample of what the rest of the world was to be made by his offspring.

This home was called the “Garden of Eden.” It was very beautiful, for “out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food.” Gen. 2 :9.

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