Don’t Eat And a Die!

7 Apr

Within the book of Genesis we find the story detailing the origin of sin. “And the Lord 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 it, for in the day you eat of It you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17NKJV). At first glance, this seems like a pretty simple cause and effect, “eat it and die”. Let’s look further beyond the surface to find out how Adam and Eve’s disobedience of such a simple command altered the history of mankind and still impacts us today.

Along comes Satan, in the form of a serpent, to enlighten and yet deceive Eve. “Has God indeed said you shall not eat from every tree in the garden?”(Genesis 3:1 NKJV). That was Satan’s first lie, for God had been very specific about one tree that was not to be eaten of. In her zeal to correct Satan Eve replied, “Not at all, we can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, don’t eat from it. Don’t even touch it or you’ll die (Genesis 3:2 Message Bible).

Satan went on to convince the woman that God was wrong, and that God was being deceptive. ” You will not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4 NKJV). When Eve looked at the tree “she found it to be pleasing to her eyes, and a tree that would make her wise, she ate the fruit and shared it with her husband”. Upon eating the fruit, immediately Adam and Eve recognized that they were naked and they were ashamed.

Prior to eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve had no concept of evil. But once the ball began to roll, there was no stopping it. Death didn’t come as instantaneously as the knowledge of evil had come, but death’s door had been opened and it too, was on it’s way through eventual means. Adam and Eve made coverings for themselves upon realizing that they were naked. When God came looking for Adam and Eve, they were hiding not only parts of their bodies, they hid themselves from God. When God asked them to explain, their sin continued. Adam said, the woman YOU gave me, gave me fruit of the tree. Eve then said that Satan deceived her and she ate fruit from the tree.The sins of deception, lying, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, the pride of life, hiding, blaming and accusing are all evident in Genesis 3.

You might ask, what does this have to do with our lives today? With Adam and Eve as our forefathers, now every human is born into sin (Psalms 51:5, Ecclesiastics 7:20, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:10). But the good news is that we don’t have to allow sin to dominate our lives. (Romans 6:12, Ephesians 4:22, Hebrews 12:1).

What is the sin that’s causing you to feel distant from God. What is it that you’d like to hide from Him? Sin can appear to be appealing. Sometimes it comes in the form of a person that we should stay far away from, or something as simple as a television show that is filled with vices that are totally contrary to feeding the soul. It may be some habit or addiction that is harmful to our bodies. You know what the thing is that you’re not proud of, but you want to blame someone else for its origin, that thing that keeps you from holiness. That’s sin.

Today we don’t have to eat sin and die. Through the cross, Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins, made a way for us to commune with God, and to have eternal life.
(Romans 4:25, Romans 5:8, II Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:1,13-17, John 14:6).
We don’t have to hide our sins. Instead, the. Bible encourages us to come boldly before the throne of grace and find help in the time of need. (Hebrews 4:15,16)
We no longer need to blame others for our transgressions. Jesus said that we are to confess our sin and He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness ( 1John 1:9).

Surely you’ve heard the saying, you are what you eat. Let us confess our sins and feed on the word of God, allowing deliverance to come. The word of God is perfect, converting our souls, giving wisdom, rejoicing the heart, cleansing us, delivering us from sin and does so much more. Don’t eat sin and die, feed on the word of God and live an abundant eternal life! (Psalm 51, Psalm 19, Psalm 119, the Book of Proverbs).

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