Adam had to Die:
Genesis 2:15-17 (NAS): Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.
We must keep in mind that, until this point, there was nothing but life; a clean slate. A fresh start for the earth and all that was in it. God freely gave His life breath – His Spirit. No one was dead or needed to die for it. It just was.
“Of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat or you will surely die” was a direct command given to man. Immediately God follows the command with a guarantee of the consequence of disobedience. In other words, it was not just a command, but a command combined with a promise. God’s promises are absolute, unchangeable and unbreakable. He said, “In the day that you eat…” He did not say, “if perhaps you should happen to eat.”
What could God possibly have been thinking? God knew what Adam was going to do and clearly informed him of the impending repercussion – death. I can’t help but recognize the setup! God never tempts, but God certainly tests all who proclaim to walk with Him. It was the first test long before the Israelites were tested in the wilderness.
There was no question in God as to what Adam would choose and he chose death willingly. In fact, it was what God was thinking all along so as to, eventually, bring life through Adam’s death. Think about it: Adam first chose to die through an act of selfish disobedience to the Sovereign Lord. Later, Jesus who came in the lineage of Adam chose to die through selfless obedience. The first had to happen for the second Adam to follow. For any after Jesus, we must lose our own life so as to gain Christ’s new life – we must die (to self) to live.
Luke 17:33 (NAS): Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Hope you’ll come back next week as we continue with Adam and Eve, death and life. It requires careful study so as to clear some long-standing misconceptions. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf