You will not surely die

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

So, was Satan telling Eve the truth? After all we know neither she nor Adam dies after eating fruit from the forbidden tree. None of us would be here if they had died. We also know that God cannot lie, so what are our options. As I have written when we looked at the first two verses in Genesis 3, Satan is at his very best when he shades his lies with a bit of the truth. In this case he first tells Eve that they will not die at least not in the near time. What Satan leaves out is that God did not tell Adam and Eve that they would fall over dead with the first taste of the forbidden fruit. God just told them they would die.

Physical death is just one death that can befall us. There is also spiritual death, separation from God. In this instance I think God was talking about both kinds of death. Up until now humans had not experienced physical death. It is quite possible that had they not disobey God Adam and Eve may have never experienced physical death. We know today how remarkable is the regenerative ability of our bodies. As I write this at 62 years of age, almost all of the cells in my body ate less than 10 years old. In fact very few of the cells in our bodies are as old as we are and maybe none are that old. It is only as our DNA and the regenerative process corrupts that we age and eventually die.

I really think God was more concerned with our spiritual death. Something that happens when we disobey God and turn from Him. Until they chose to disobey God both Adam and Eve had a very personal relationship with God. They spoke directly to God and He answered them directly. It was a relationship closer than we can have today. A relationship that could only be mended by Jesus and even then while we are still in our sinful bodies we cannot have such a close relationship as Adam and Eve had. So in their disobedience death entered the world.

What would cause them to risk so much? Satan tempts them by telling them that once they ate the fruit they would be like God. Satan wanted to be like God, to be God. He used his own greatest desire to tempt Adam and Eve. They fell for it and in trying to be like God they ended up being separated from God just as Satan was separated from God. We have inherited our sin nature from Adam but we also inherited something else for him. Mankind has had an ongoing desire to be God. We want to replace Him. Satan whispered that idea to Adam and Eve and he has been whispering it to us ever since. Satan will tell us whatever we want to hear in order to drive us away from God. He wants us to be like him not like God.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to You will not surely die

  1. Freedomborn says:

    Hi David, it is True as you said and also that man seeks the glory for what he does without acknowledging that all his gifts come from God, he also points the finger at others and condemns them in his flesh, forgetting he is a sinner worthy of eternal death and except for the grace of God he would stay that way but then as you said he puts himself in God’s position believing he is superior to others.

    What is not taught much today in the Churches, is the need to put our flesh to death by The Spirit and be perfected in Love, Colossians 3:4-6 without righteousness man will remain lost, we are to aim for this as Paul said, when we are covered by Jesus’ righteousness we will show it in our lives or we are not Born again. ( see below) this is why our flesh has to be put to death so we can walk as Jesus walked which was without sin.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    1 John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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