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Query for the Month

of January 1998

Next up-date: February 1st 1998 (God willing).

 


Query:

Did Adam, jump, stumble, or get pushed into sin? All professed Christians seem to talk and write of the "fall" of Adam, yet the Bible doesn't appear to uphold this interpretation of his situation!!!

Response:

It is written: "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression". 1 Timothy 2:13-14.

This is telling us that Eve was not there when God gave Adam His running instructions.

The record tells us, "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God 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 of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die'." Genesis 2:15-17. Only after this is God's plan of separating Eve mentioned. Verse 18.

Therefore it was only after the separation that Eve heard from Adam the law of Eden. "You must not take someone else's property, for that is stealing, and the guilt will destroy you". Later, when she was confronted by the tempter and tried to reason with him, she could not recall the exact words of her husband. She changed and added to them! God had said, "You shall surely die". She changed that to, "Lest, or maybe, you'll die", then added "neither shall you touch it". Genesis 3:3.

Now there was a problem, for the word of God has a protective power, but ONLY when it is used correctly. We can live "by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" and Jesus showed us how. See Matthew 4:4. When we make a stand on the word of God, He will supply the power to keep it. Eve was not doing this and therefore she "being deceived was [first] in the transgression". She was tricked into it!! She "fell" under temptation.

She was persuaded by appetite ("the tree was good for food"), by emotion (it was pleasant to the eyes"), and by a spiritual desire for it was ("a tree to be desired to make one wise"). Genesis 3:6. Then it was that she became the agent of temptation and went to her husband with its fruit. But we read above that he was NOT deceived. So he took of it willingly. He did not "fall", he jumped!!

What could have made him do that?

It was love.

Love for his companion overcame his love for his Creator.

This is why Jesus warns us, "And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me". Matthew 10:36-38.

He could have added more for here is what Jesus based that thought on:

"If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend, which is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods', which you have not known, you, nor your fathers; namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, near to you, or far off from you, from the one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth; you shall not consent to him [or her], nor hearken to him".

"Neither shall your eye pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him: but you shall surely kill him [or her]; your hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And you shall stone him with stones, that he die; because he has sought to thrust you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage". Deuteronomy 13:6-10.

Such a harsh statement!

What we need to do is put beside it the action of Jesus when confronted with a problem that required the death sentence, and His statement at the time.

"They say to him, 'Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what say You?'"

"This they said, tempting Him, that they might have to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said to them,

"'He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her'.

"And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even to the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst". John 8:4-9.

While we live as we do, we cannot ever carry out such a sentence of death.

Who would willing proclaim his or her innocence of any and all sin by trying to do so? The Pharisees who brought the woman to Jesus certainly didn't. They left the scene. Only God could act in that situation and He chose not to!

However, Adam deliberately and cold-bloodedly chose to follow his wife into death rather than stay with his God and live. He illustrated the problem God has with so many of us. We CHOOSE to sin and then blame someone or something else as the cause of our sin. Eve blamed the tempter and Adam blamed her and God! Genesis 3:12-13.

We claim we "fell" instead of admitting that we "jumped". The most obvious and self-satisfying reason we give is that we "could not help it" because we are "sinners". That is, we have a sinful nature, but this doesn't wash with God in those who claim to be Christians. He has offered to save us from that nature and to set us free from its power and this is the normal standard of Christianity..

He tells us first of those ,"who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness [or lechery], to work all uncleanness with greediness". Then He carries on with the truth of Christianity.

"But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. That you put off concerning the former conversation [or conduct] the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

"And that you put on the new man, which after [or by] God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore [or, because of this] putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

"Be you angry, and [yet] sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but [only] that which is good to the use of edifying [or teaching], that it may minister grace to the hearers.

"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption". Ephesians 4:19-30.

Conclusion:

Adam did not "fall". It was his deliberate choice to separate from his God and join with his wife in her "death". It was a loving Saviour who then offered them a way out. It was a loving God who stopped them from dying "that day" and gave them a chance to practise Christianity. It is He who says, "Why will you die?" to us. Ezekiel 18:31.


Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.
Spiritual Dictionary.

The FALL INTO SIN

Adam did not "fall". 1 Timothy 2:13-4. It was his deliberate choice to separate from his God and join with his wife in her "death". It was a loving Saviour who then offered them a way out. It was a loving God who stopped them from dying "that day" and gave them a chance to practise Christianity. It is He who says, "Why will you die?" to us. Ezekiel 18:31.


Next thought. To be discussed from February 1st 1998.

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