you will surely die…(Genesis)

Genesis 2:15-17   The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”Everyone knows what happened next I suppose.  Eve ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband, Adam.  But they lived, or did they?  Romans 5:12 tells us that death came into the world as a result of sin.Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel, Adam and Eve, detail.

In Genesis 3:8-9, the writer informs us that Adam and Eve heard God in the garden, Eden, and hid.  In verse 10, Adam is quoted as saying,  “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  The next thing Adam and Eve know, they are cursed and thrown out of their home, the ground is cursed because of Adam.  Who separated from who first?

Adam hid and so did Eve, apparently.  They hid because they were afraid.  They weren’t afraid before…what changed?

God did not change.  God’s instructions did not change.  Adam and Eve changed – they went from obedience to disobedience and then separated themselves from God.  Isaiah 59:2 says our “iniquities” separate us from God  and He will not listen to us.  What are iniquities?  One definition is “violation of right or duty”.  What duty did Adam and Eve have?  Did they make the garden?  Who did?

There may be more than one aspect of death.  I’m thinking of the verse from Romans and this: what hope have we of getting God to hear our prayers, much less answer them apart from God?  Jesus explains, …”I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me,” in John 14:6.  So, Jesus  is the Life.  That means Adam and Eve hid from the Life.

There is so much more, you’ll have to read your own Bible or one of the Bibles at Biblegateway.  Know this, there is hope.  That’s what Good Friday and Resurrection Day are all about.

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2 thoughts on “you will surely die…(Genesis)

  1. Why were Adam and Eve disobedient? Were they foolish? Naive? Uninformed? Curious? Wicked? Unaware of the consequences? Every good teacher knows that you have to give second chances and always reexamine your rules for clarity.

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    • I wonder if the tree weren’t like a hot stove. Parents warn their children not to touch, but the children, small versions of us and descending from Adam and Eve, do the very thing told not to because we do not believe the warner for whatever reason. This disbelief does not make the stove any less hot or the painful burn any less of an injury. Sometimes, as with the stove, there is no way to give a second chance. But, once burned is twice shy…and that may be a good thing.

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