It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 24)

But, man received the provision of physical death instead. Ultimately, this provision is beneficial to mankind. As Hugh Ross explains,For humans, God uses physical death as one tool for restraining the spread of evil. Wicked people are limited by physical death in the amount of malice and evil they can spread. They are also limited … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 24)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 21)

The Tree of Life is also present in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:9). The result of taking fruit would be to “live forever” (Gen. 3:22). Given what had just happened, if man took from that fruit and lived forever, he would be in a constant state of rebellion against God.Therefore, the man and the … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 21)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 20)

The penalty of death that God promised did come. This was the single biggest change to happen by the introduction of sin.Adam and Eve did not die immediately after eating the fruit.Their initial response after eating the fruit was an awareness of their nakedness, personal shame, and an attempt to cover their bodies and hide … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 20)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 19)

God pronounced penalties to man’s disobedience which brought about more changes to the way man lived and which continue to this day.The woman was to experience more pain during childbirth (Gen. 3:16). The man was to experience more toil in making a living from the ground (Gen. 3:17-19). It is also interesting and significant to … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 19)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 18)

Change was again introduced into the world. The act of Eve and Adam in violation of God’s command brought sin into the world.We have to return to the definitions of sin that we introduced earlier. Sin refers to “violating of the law of God,” “breaking covenant with God,” and “willful and prideful rebellion against God.” … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 18)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

Satan, the embodiment of rebellion against God and evil, is present in the Garden. His task is to entice the first humans to enter into a state of rebellion and sin.Adam has one thing not to do. This is precisely what he did. Eve was tempted by Satan first and then gave the forbidden fruit … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

Satan, the embodiment of rebellion against God and evil, is present in the Garden. His task is to entice the first humans to enter into a state of rebellion and sin.Adam has one thing not to do. This is precisely what he did. Eve was tempted by Satan first and then gave the forbidden fruit … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 17)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 16)

The Hebrew word that is used here is Muwth (04191). The word is used over eight hundred times in the Old Testament and its meaning almost always has to do with death in some form.It is also interesting and significant to note in the passage that Adam does not ask for clarification about the meaning … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 16)

It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 15)

God places the man in a garden and he and the woman begin their life together. God has only one prohibition.· “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for … Continue reading It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 15)