Death And Beyond


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A slave has no choice but to say ‘Yes’ at all times.

In the Garden of Eden where everything was good, there was to be just one test for them so that they could show whether they loved God, or whether they would prefer to follow their own inclinations. They had just one commandment from God. This makes sense as there was no one for Adam and Eve to steal from, or commit adultery with, and there was nothing to covet, because everything belonged to them, but a test about a tree was totally appropriate to their situation. as carers of a garden.

Sadly, Adam and Eve, who lived in perfect surroundings and in daily direct contact with God, did choose to disobey God.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:6

Immediately things changed. They felt guilty, they hid from God, and they were aware that they were naked. In their embarrassment they made clothes out of leaves.

And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons … and Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of God amongst the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7,8.

In spite of their disobedience, or 'sin' as the Bible calls it, God still loved them. In fact He went to find them and talk to them. He had not changed, but they had. Disobedience has this result.

And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou? Genesis 3:9

There was a punishment just as God had said, and this was death. They did not understand death as they had never seen anything die, but God showed them. The Bible just tells us simply that God made them clothes of skins instead of the garments of leaves that they had made. To get skins, there had to be death. This meant that some of the animals that God had created and to which, only a short time before, Adam had given names, had to die.

And He (God) brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them, and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. Genesis 2:19.

We are not told how they died. For Adam and Eve, this must have been a harrowing time, as no animals were afraid of people until then; they would all have been like family pets, receiving affection from Adam and Eve and loving them in return. Now certain animals had to die and it was their skins, the skins of death, which God gave Adam and Eve to wear.

At the same time God made a promise to them. They could have another chance. God, who made the rule, would take the punishment of death Himself because He loved them both so much. Adam and Eve could have continued life even though they did not deserve it. The death of the innocent animal was to teach them about death, and how Jesus would come, totally innocent and blameless just like the animal, and die in their place. What a love He had for them! God was giving them another opportunity with a probationary lifespan so that they could show whether they would now choose to love and serve God or continue with their rebellion.

God also said, however, that they had to leave the Garden of Eden, and spend their daily lives with the soil, working as farmers to get their food.

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