Death and THE 1st Commandment

I’ve been thinking about this since last week:

I find it strange that the first use of “death” is in Genesis 2:17 when talking about Adam not eating off the tree or he will die. Then the last enemy of Jesus that he puts under His feet is Death (and hell/hades) in Revelation 20:14. Thanatos & Hades. god of Death and god of the underworld.

Is death a construct from God that He created as a consequence of sin or is it represented as a tool for one of the fallen? Obviously, He creates all things so those two are the last thrown into the lake of fire or should I say lightning/plasma lake.

Notice that Lucifer/Satan/the devil isn’t the last to be punished. It is death/Thanatos and hell/Hades.

Now I was reading Romans 5:12-13 tonight and this hit me like a ton of bricks. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” We see sin came into the world through Adam and death came into the world through sin. We already knew that right? But like I mentioned before, is death a construct of God, being that He gives life? We know all things are created by Him, so is death or Thanatos similar to the angel of death? Is death meant to do Gods bidding in a sense? Then I kept reading on…

“For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” We know that sin can’t be recognized without a law to tell you it’s a sin. How would you ever know sin is sin without knowing right from wrong, because of the law that tells you that you committed a wrong doing ie sin. Right? So sin came into the world through Adam but did Adam know that he was about to commit a sin? Absolutely. Go to Genesis 2:16. “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.” Did you see it? The very first COMMAND or LAW from God to Adam, the very first man. This is how sin came about into the world through Adam, by the law, just like Paul mentioned to the Romans. Then came death.

But it doesn’t end there. The next time tsâvâh (command) is used is in Genesis 3:11. “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” God questions Adam as to how he knew he was naked, then He mentions how He was commanded to not eat of it. The serpent/nachash literally took God’s words from Eves lips and distorted them to essentially get Adam to break the very first Commandment of God. He broke God’s command, sinned and then came death. Pay attention to the model we are given here.

Now ironically this word for “command” translated in the Greek Septuagint is entellomai and it’s first used in Mark 4:6 and Luke 4:10. I’ll use Luke as the example, “For it is written, He shall give his angels charge (command) over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Jesus was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days and on the third and final temptation Satan took Him to the Pinnacle of the Temple and tempted Him to jump. He used God’s own words one again and distorted them by quoting Psalm 91:1. “It is an observation made long ago by Jerome, on Ps 91:11 that Satan, in citing this text, has left out the middle clause.” “And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

I just thought it was interesting that God’s first COMMAND is to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but instead to eat from the tree of life. We can still apply that to our lives today. And Satan has no new tricks up his sleeve. He intended on distorting God’s word with not only Eve and then Adam through Eve, but with the Son of God. Same old lies and tricks. One final thing, through all my research I believe the tree of Life was physically on the mountains near the City of David near what they call the Temple Mount. And that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was on the Mount of Olives (this is why Jesus needed to be crucified near or at the spot that this tree stood that brought death through sin into this world). If this is true, taking Jesus to the Pinnacle of the Temple would be symbolic to taking Him to the top of the tree of life. He tempted the second Adam with casting himself down, just as Adam symbolically casted himself down in the “fall”. Do you see it?

If I left anything else out, I’ll edit it when re-reading it.

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