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Life-Sin-Death-Repeat
Mon, Aug 8th, 2016 12:44:14
The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. - Genesis 3:20-21
It first glance, this passage would appear as a filler. Woman gets name and they get a new wardrobe, badda-bing badda-bang, move on. This passage has a much deeper meaning that predicts how society will function because of the act of sin and rejecting the Authority of God.

The first sentence deals with Adam's wife receiving a name. Was the name given before or after their rebellion against God? For the play-by-play account of creation; that is a distraction to the bigger emphasis: She's a conduit of life for all humanity! Despite the assumptions of other people groups existing at the same time that Adam and Eve were around, this passage negates those other hypotheses. Every human life is linked back to Adam and Eve.

Then comes the hard left turn: Death! Immediately after celebrating the conduit of life, God also shows humanity to be a conduit of death.
"made ... garments of skins"
The garments of skins were the first animals to be slaughtered to cover the nakedness and shame of the First Couple. Their sin had consequences. Which animal died first? That is of no importance. The fact remains that a life was lost to deal with the horrible choices (sin) of someone else. This would also set itself up throughout the Old Testament in the ceremonial laws for the children of Israel. Even in other belief systems, there was made an offering to appease the respective deities. Even in other belief systems, it is understood that we could fall out of the graces of the person(s) they worship. They understood that there was a consequence to unfavorable actions (sin).

Wherever there are people, there will always be sin and death. Regardless of ethnicity, gender, economic status or culture, there will be life lost because of the presence of fallen people. Violence destroys families, communities and countries. The news tells us daily of how wicked people can be. Worse, is the death that comes out of the hearts and mouths of people who call themselves believers in Christ. It's only worse because Christians should know better. They are not free from sinning again, but to elevate another person's sin higher than their own, and forgetting that they, themselves, have been redeemed is the ultimate sign of ingratitude for being redeemed.

From people losing their lives to the ones who take them, people have forgotten the reality of cause and effect. People are ignoring the actions that lead people to commit crimes and the violent response that is carried out. Blinded by partiality, we fail to see the whole picture of every situation. We fail to hold all parties, involved, accountable for their actions.

Every person, alive or dead, was cursed with the propensity to sin. Romans 3:23; 5:12, confirms that. The consequence of the presence of sin is death. Romans 6:23, confirms that. Death is inevitable. Hebrews 9:27, confirms that. The sooner we realize that our response to it is what matters most is when we see room for real change and progress.

Instead of putting hope into the human effort (laws of man) to confront/prevent sin and death; Christians should be directing all their energy into making disciples, lifelong followers/lovers of Christ, who strive to abandon lifelong patterns that produce sin and death. It's the only option given that the cycle of life and death will not end until God executes final judgment and restoration on the world and its inhabitants.

While humanity awaits the return of its Savior, His people can share the history of the Redemption of believers (John 3:16) and the new pattern of existing (2 Corinthians 5:17) because of receiving/yielding to that Truth. The presence of God' Spirit in the world and in the disciples of Jesus can slow the cycle of death. Twelve simple men understood that in the first century and it changed the world. There's at least twelve followers of Jesus today and the world is in need of some serious change.
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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