Jesus: The Willing Sacrifice

Jesus’s actions on earth were not the actions of resistance or weakness, but rather His actions were those of meekness (power under control).

Jesus was born on the earth and willingly lived among us for roughly 30 years, at which point “…Jesus Himself began His ministry” Luk 3:23

Through the course of His ministry, Jesus made more than a few people angry, angry enough to attempt to kill him. Their attempts, however, proved futile.

Luk 4:28-29 “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.”

This is a mob of angry people bent on throwing Jesus off a cliff. Yet Jesus walks away unscathed.

Several times in the Gospels it talks about plots against Jesus and the people trying to lay their hands on Him to kill Him. (Mat 12:14, John 11: 53, John 7:44, John 8:20) Yet Jesus says, “My time has not yet fully come.” John 7:8

Mat 1:20-21 “…an angel of the Lord appeared…saying, “…you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” Luk 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, “…who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

John 5:19-24 “Then Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner….Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

Jesus also makes these statements in the temple about Himself.

John 8:21-23 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come….You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

In Mat 26:26-28 Jesus is presents the Passover to His disciples and He speaks of Himself as the Passover bread and His blood as the blood of the Passover lamb. They then go out to the garden where He is betrayed (I find it interesting He brings this all back to a garden—I think reminiscent of the Garden of Eden where mankind first betrayed Him), and there He waits, knowing He will be betrayed.

Mat 26:50-54 “…they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?’”

Isa 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

He’s established His ability to escape a crowd. He’s told them His time was not yet come, setting forth that there would be a time when His time would come. He’s established He is the Son of God. He’s spoken of His intentions to be the Passover Lamb. He doesn’t slip away. He does not call down legions. He lets them take him away. And then on the cross notice the wording.

Mat 27:50 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’”

These are not the actions of resistance but of meekness.

Jesus was sent as a willing Sacrifice for the remission/atonement of our sins.
Even alive on earth, Jesus did not have to fear death. He had done nothing wrong. He was perfect and wholly without sin. He would not have had to die at all. The judgement of death was not upon Him. Heaven was not barred to Him. He could have come and gone between Heaven and Earth whenever He pleased. He chose what He did not because He had to but because it was His and the Father’s will to redeem us. We are freed from sin, because of Jesus’s willing blood sacrifice for us.

John 10:11-18 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep…. I lay down My life for the sheep…. I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

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If Jesus had sinned could He still have died for us?

Last’s weeks concluding question was: If Jesus hadn’t lived a perfect life on earth, could He still have offered up Himself as our sacrifice?

We can find the answer to this question in a number of verses, but we’re going to look specifically at just two passages.

Lev 16:2 “…the LORD said to Moses: ‘Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat. Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering….And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.’”

If Jesus had sinned as the one presenting the offering, He would have died Himself attempting to stand before God, or He would have had to have offered up His own sin offering first before coming to God.

1Pe 1:17-21 “…you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

The sacrificial lamb had to be without blemish and without spot. Jesus had to be perfect otherwise He also would not have been an acceptable sacrifice.

If Jesus had sinned, He could not have offered Himself as a sacrifice for us.

1Jo 3:5 “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”

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How Exactly Does Jesus Pay for Our Sins?

Over the last several weeks we’ve been looking at Genesis and the reality of Sin and Salvation. We’ve talked about what sin is, who the serpent in the Garden of Eden is, and who the Seed is who will crush Satan’s authority and remove the Enmity between God and those who have sinned. We’ve talked a lot about Jesus and His role in all of this, but how exactly does He pay for our sins?

Let’s look at Genesis first then jump forward from there. In Genesis there is a short verse that actually foreshadows exactly how Jesus pays for our sins.

Gen 3:21 “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

By definition, a skin is the outer covering of a person or animal. So it would be reasonable to conlcude an animal died to cover Adam’s and Eve’s nakedness.
Basically, blood was shed to cover their sin.

Blood is also the difference between two offerings made by Adam’s and Eve’s first two children.

Gen 4:3 “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.’”

In Gen 8:20 we also find Noah making an offering to the LORD of animals (blood), and in Genesis 22 God asks Abraham to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice to Him. Gen 22:7-19 “…Isaac spoke to Abraham his father… ‘Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.’” Abraham then prepares to offer up his son, and just when he is about to slay Isaac, “the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven…‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ …and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide…”

Trekking forward then to the Israelites in Egypt, we come across God telling them to go out into the desert to sacrifice to Him. (Exo 3:18, Exo 10:25) We then have the slaughtering of the Passover Lamb (Exo 12:21, Exo 12:29-36) as the only way to accomplish Egypt’s Pharaoh releasing the enslaved Israelites. (Which is interesting since Egypt is often uses as a symbol of sin in the Bible)

In Exodus when God is instructing Moses in the building of the tabernacle and the use of the items within, God says, “And Aaron shall make atonement upon [the altar’s] horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.” Exo 30:10

And in Leviticus God says, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock. If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD. Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.’” Lev 1:2

Lev 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

By the time of the New Testament, there is an understanding that sin is paid for with blood. But unlike in the Old Testiment where this is done over and over again with animal sacrifices, the New Testament brings the promised provision, a Sacrifice to end all sacrifices, an Offering made once for all. “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood [Jesus] entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:12

John 1:29 “…John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”

Mat 27:22-24 “Pilate said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said to him, ‘Let Him be crucified!’…When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all…he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.’”

Jhn 19:33-34 “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

1Jo 5:6 “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood.”

1Pe 1:17-21 “…you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

How exactly did Jesus pay for our sins? Jesus paid for our sins with His blood offered to God on the altar once and for all.

If Jesus hadn’t lived a perfect life on earth, could He still have offered up Himself as our sacrifice? Check out next weeks post for the answer.

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Why Did God Removed the Tree of Life?

In the Garden of Eden, God removes the tree of life after mankind eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 3:22-23, Genesis 3:6)

Why does God do this?

God isn’t doing this to be mean, rather God does this to save mankind from being stuck on earth in this mess of evil and corruption forever.

God even shortens mankind’s lifespans from hundreds of years to far less, so that mankind would not have to live as long on the earth. Gen 6:3 “And the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’” Why does God do this? Gen 6:5 “…the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Rom 8:16-21 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God….

Our time on earth is limited not for our despair, but for the hope of what is to come, if we are indeed children of God by adoption into His family through the Seed of Christ who paid for our sin. We have a glorious home in an exclusive Heaven awaiting us in Christ.

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The Seed of the Woman: The Lineage of Christ

Last week we looked at the passage where God says to the serpent in Genesis 3:15, “…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

The idea of seed is children/offspring, and we know that Adam and Eve understand this because when they have their third child this is what is said in Gen 4:25, “And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, ‘For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.’”

Interestingly, they recognize that Cain is not it. Perhaps this is because they realize his deeds are not in alignment with God’s ways (Gen 4:7)

When we continue on through time, in the passage where God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac we read that Abraham in faith says to his son Isaac, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22: 7  And when he is ready to sacrifice his son, God steps in and stop him and provides a ram for a sacrifice and “Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you… In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.’” Genesis 22: 15-18 (This is same promise is reiterated in Genesis 26:4 as well)

Gal 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.”

From Seth all the way through Abraham and then onward we watch this line of lineage remains unbroken, and at David, God reiterates His promise of the seed that will come from David through Solomon and onward to Jesus.

2Sa 7:8-13 “Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘…the LORD tells you… When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.’”

Rom 1:3-4 “…concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Act 3:25-26 “You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”

Act 13:22-25 “…He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus…”

We are considered seed (Either of Satan’s seed or of Christ’s seed depending on if we have dismissed or acceptance Christ’s offer of Salvation).

Rom 9:3-9 “…according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God…But…they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.

Last week we talked too about the enmity between the seed of Satan versus the woman’s Seed. It’s interesting to note that in Jesus’s parables He speaks of the kingdom of God in terms of seeds.

Mat 13:24  “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared….He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.‘”

Mat 13:37-39 “He answered and said to them: ‘He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.’”

Just one small passage in the beginning of Genesis speaking of seeds, and yet this is the promise that spans the whole Bible even to today. The promise of the Seed, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who has made a way for us to receive freedom from our sins and Satan.

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What Role Does Satan Play in Genesis?

Last week we talked about how the knowledge of good and evil and sin entered the world. Mankind’s ability to obey or disobey meant mankind had the choice to follow God’s command or not, and when mankind choose to not follow mankind deviated from God’s perfection.

Mankind corrupted what was perfectly good, and we continues to corrupt what is good.

God did not want this corruption to be mankind’s existence forever. God therefore established a promised way of salvation out of this corruption, yet this promise comes in a rather unusual form.

The first mention of this salvation is actually made in God’s curse against the serpent, who has initiated the corruption of mankind. In Gen 3:15 God says to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

To put this verse a little plainer and with what we know from other passages: This verse basically says, God will/has put hatred between Satan (Rev 12:9) and Eve, and between Satan’s offspring and her specific Offspring, which is Jesus (Gal 3:16). Jesus shall crush Satan’s authority and Satan shall injure Jesus (Col 2:13)

Basically, not only are Jesus and Satan forever at odds, but those-who-follow-God and those-who-follow-Satan are also forever at odds.

Mat 10:16-22 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.…beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues…brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

1Pe 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

2Th 2:7-10 “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work…The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Returning to our original verse, it’s interesting to note a very similar passage to the Genesis curse/promise can be found in Romans.

Romans 16:19-20 “…I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple [harmless] concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly….”

And in Psalms there is a fascinating passage, that if read in the context of the Passover and Jesus’s betrayal (Luk 22:3-4), is also rather interesting.

Psa 41:9-12 “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them. By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me. As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever.”

And in Ephesians there is a verse talking about enmity and how through Christ, the enmity between Satan’s seed (sinful man) can be removed, as the sinful man becomes part of Christ’s Seed and His perfect Sacrifice.

Eph 2:13-18 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Another way I found to look at this is this: Enmity is like the separation (the death that happens) between Good and Evil. This death of mankind is removed when God pays mankind’s ransom from evil.

Satan took sides against God and mankind. Yet God stepped in to spare us. This is why Satan is part of sin, and why Jesus is the Seed and our Salvation.

Come back next week for another look at this chapter in Genesis, but this time from the context of the two different seeds.

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What is sin? Why does it cost us?

In the Bible we read that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). There is a cost that comes when we sin, but what is sin? Why is its wages death? Why do we own this cost and to whom?

To answer these questions we have to go back to the beginning of mankind’s existence, and we have to know who we ourselves are.

Genesis 1:27-30 “…God created man in His own image…male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food…”

Two things we need to recognize within this passage that impact the way we view our understanding of life, our rights, God’s rights, and our sin.

God is the creator of mankind. (God is Creator. Mankind is the created.)
God has All-Authority and is the One Who gives mankind authority over “every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Another very relevant details to note in this passage is that God is establishing with man that He has and will provided mankind with what is needs to survive on earth. From the very beginning mankind was dependent upon the rest of God’s creation.

In Genesis 2:15-17 “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’”

Life has been created, and God has given mankind a paradise full of everything he needs to live, and then God places one limitation, (not two hundred, not twenty, not even two) just one limitation to mankind’s freedom, mankind’s dominion. Of this one tree you shall not eat. (Basically, if I give you this one limitation, will you obey Me?)
Now what’s even more interesting about this is, this one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is not the only exceptional tree in the Garden of Eden.

Gen 2:8-9 “The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The tree of life was sitting there, available for mankind to eat.
Mankind could have taken from the tree of life, eaten, and lived forever. (Gen 3:22)

Yet mankind chose to instead disobey God’s one command, take hold of the one thing forbidden, rebel against God’s Authority, doubt God’s truthfulness, and seek godhood for themselves.

Because of this disobedience, this rebellion, this doubt of God, this seeking of their own godhood, this sin, mankind faces the immediate truth of God’s words.

Genesis 3:6 “…she took of its fruit and ate…and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God… and Adam and his wife hid themselves…Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked…”

God warned them of the consequence to eating of the tree of the knowledge of good an evil saying, “…in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Gen 2:16-17

The moment they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they, the people they were before they ate, were affectively gone forever. Their innocence died. Their purity died. Their unmarred relationships died. Their shame-free existence died. Their unity in heart and soul with God died. (Psychological Death)

But the consequences didn’t end there.

They were filled with the knowledge of good and evil, but unlike God they could not stay pure within this knowledge (James 1:13 “…for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.…”) Unlike God, mankind can be tempted by evil. Immediately the knowledge of evil caused Adam and Eve some very unpleasant realizations: like knowing they were naked. They knew they couldn’t remain this way. They cover themselves, and they hide from God. (Spiritual Death)

No longer were they pure of heart. No longer could they interact with God without fear and shame. No longer were they free. They knew they had done wrong. They knew they had disobeyed the Creator, the Authority, the One who gave them everything they have. And they knew there was an additional cost to what they have done because they knew He had spoke truthfully. (Relational Death)

Their opportunity to eat from the tree of life was removed. (Gen 3:22-23) (Eternal Death)

They are then also, on that day, subject to a future death on earth. God said, “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life…till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” Gen 3:17-19 (Physical Death)

Without the knowledge of good and evil, without accessing sin, mankind could have lived well on the earth, but the moment mankind had the knowledge of good and evil was the moment we became not just capable of, but bound to, destroy ourselves, and the earth along with us.

This is what God says by the time of Noah. Gen 6:5 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Gen 6:11-12 “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”

This is what happens when mankind accesses evil. We become wicked, corrupted, and filled with violence. We are not like God. The moment Adam took and ate of that fruit is the moment mankind became slaves to sin. Rebelling against God was always a possibility, but in following sin, in giving into its temptation, in desiring more than what we were meant to grasp, we become subject to death as a just punishment for the rebellion and ruin we cause.

We were not meant to be God. We were designed to worship and follow God who made us. We cannot rule the earth, rather we are stuck following something or someone else. Therefore which will we obey: Evil or God and His goodness. (See, sin has such a nondescript, sort of, accidental sound to it. On the other hand, it’s not so easy to make excuses for evil.)

Rom 6:16 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

The earth was good. God made it good. (Gen 1:31 “…indeed it was very good.”) All good comes from God. (John 1:2 “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”) The goodness of earth was unmarred until the moment mankind obeyed evil.

What is sin? Sin is mankind choosing what he/she pleases over what God commanded. Sin is mankind rejecting God authority and making self into god. Sin is mankind believing he/she has the ability to be god. Sin is mankind forgetting he/she is the created and God is the Creator.

Why does sin cost us? Because God is God, and He is a jealous God who does not lie. (Exo 20:5, Num 23:19)

Challenge: Do you have the right to say God doesn’t have the right to judge you for your disobedience? Your judgment is death. Do you have the ability to refuse to pay?

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