Thursday, 20 November 2014

Law of first mention or first mention of law?

Charitoō

Imagine perfection. Imagine you have more than what you'd ever, ever need. Imagine no danger ever. Imagine the feeling of beauty, tranquility, peace, love and life, health and super-contentment in all of your being. Imagine the perfect love relationship with Someone who couldn't love you more. Imagine the cool of the evening. Imagine just being. This is paradise. This is Eden!

Would you give it up?

Adam did!


We should read Genesis 1-3 taking into account God's character. Remember He explained His exact character to Moses in Ex 34:6 saying יְהֹוָהיְהֹוָה God, merciful and gracious, patient, and abundant in goodness and truth,  and manifested fully His character in His Beloved Son Jesus, Emanuel, now living in you and you in Him. 

The point of this?

God made everything good [ṭôb טוֹב - pictograph: surrounded secured house]. God declares seven times during His act of creation that God saw that it was good. Seven is the number of perfection. Even when he created man and gave His provision, He declared behold, it was very good.Gen 1:31.

My point is this: Man (and woman) knew only good up to Genesis 2:25. Man knew only Good. Man knew only Grace - each and every good and perfect gift!

With the first man Adam up to this point, there existed no knowledge of evil or bad or setback, or accident, or tribulation, or trial, or affliction, or anything contrary to good. He lived fully from God's Grace, His goodness. He had dominion on earth and ruled as a king. He was in Eden [עֵדֶן reveal door life], in the garden [גַּן lift up life], eating from the tree (provision) receiving life [חַי revealed Hand]. Straight from God's Hand!

There was no need to know anything else.

Also, man had executive authority with a precious gift called free choice and will - so perfectly in the image of God. Yet, God the loving Father and Friend of man, guided man in one decision and one only:
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:16-17

Adam was in the perfect place and in the perfect position. 

Why would he choose anything different?

Genesis 3 tells the sad story of how this perfect being, Adam, living in perfect circumstances, made a choice against perfect Grace and chose THE LAW.

What is the Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil?

God's perfect created being, the man Adam, up to this point knew only good. God is Good. It is His Characteristic. Everything He made was good. But man chose to know Good AND evil.

Simple!

There exists, through all the ages, in any and every culture and dynasty and civilization and grouping of people of whatever kind, only one way to know bad from good, evil from good - by means of the law.


Not trusting fellowship with God - Good only, Grace only, Provision only, Love only, man went ahead and chose the law for himself! The seemingly good fruit from the wrong tree, the Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil IS the tree of the law! 
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die Gen 3:4
Man chose to live by rules, by the law instead of a pure Love relationship.

The problem with the law is that it demands a verdict. It demands execution of justice. It demands a just ruling and payment accordingly.

So, from God as being perfect, there remained by virtue of pure justice, only one verdict upon the man-in-the-law should he trespass - death.

When God said thou shalt surely die Gen 2:17, it is exactly this verdict He spoke of. The phrase surely die is the intensive form of the word "die", which in Hebrew is obtained by the doubling of the word thus מוּת מוּת. [or pictograph: chaos secured sealed].

Man was not designed to know good from evil. Man was not designed to be measured and trailed and executed. Man was not designed to know death. Only good. Only life. The enemy knew this. But he did lie. Man was already like God, created in His very image to rule and have dominion on earth.

In a freedom trip from bondage to the promised land God's treasured possession, once again at Sinai, willfully chose not to have intimacy with Him and to go for the law instead.

It was not until the Second Adam, Jesus as the perfect substitute offering, that the whole of the law was fulfilled. He did the unspeakable and the unthinkable 2000 back in His story (in fact, before creation) and paid in full what the law demands from everyone, forever so that we may now have the relationship with Him that He so deeply desires.

Yet, even today we are deceived into the lie the enemy wants us so badly to believe - to taste from the Tree-of-the-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. The Bible is not a book of law. Read Hebrews chapters 7 to 10. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It reveals ultimate Love, ultimate Goodness, Ultimate Grace - Jesus!

Justice was served onto Jesus Christ so that you could become the righteousness of God to have fellowship with the ever-loving Good God.

Now you don't have to imagine perfection, all needs met, no danger ever, constant beauty, tranquility, peace, love and life, health and super-contentment in your very being, the perfect love relationship with your Father who couldn't love you more. You have it!

You can eternally walk with Him in the cool of the evening. 
He never leaves nor forsakes you. 
You can just be. 
This is paradise.
Receive from His open Hand.
You are in Eden!
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God Heb 10:12

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