Saturday, August 29, 2009

Live or Die!

Genesis 2 (Amplified Bible)

1. THUS THE heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3. And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.

7. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.

8. And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted).

9. And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired--good (suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree of life also in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity.

15. And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.

16. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;

17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

18. Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.

21. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh.

22. And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23. Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man.

24. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.(E)

25. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other's presence.


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Wow! The above text said it all. When a man is left to himself (outside of God) it’s very difficult to do the right thing. When we disobey God we die… sometimes it’s a physical death, but mostly it’s a spiritual death, meaning separation from God.
God commanded Adam that he could eat from all the trees in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God said for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Notice that Adam didn’t die physically, but he did die spiritually. Let’s take a look at how Satan (The serpent) convinced Eve to partake of the fruit.
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Genesis 3 (Amplified Bible)

1. NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?(A)

2. And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden,

3. Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.

4. But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,

5. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.

6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

7. Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.


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God gave a command to the man (Adam), but his wife (Eve) allowed Satan (The devil) to convince her to disobey not only her husband, but the creator (God). We may engage in bad behavior and think because things are going fairly well for the moment, think again!
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According to Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We should learn from others mistakes and prevent ourselves from suffering any more than is designed. God is looking for obedience in the earth; when are we going to get it? Following God isn’t difficult, it requires FAITH!

Blessing to all!
CJ

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