A measure of death (part 3)

It might be an ever so slow death, but it is still death if sin is operating in ones life.

What is real death anyway? It is separation from God.

After the “curses” that God handed down through Adam as contained in Genesis 3:14-19, we find the final key that unlocks the door of understanding death through sin.

“therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken,”
So He(God) drove out the man;” (vs 24)
Drove out here means, to “expel”, “cast out”, “thrust out”, “drive out”.

Sorry, but this is not a case where God was somewhat OK with sin. He did not treat it with “kid gloves”. I cannot see God in this case saying to Adam and Eve, “now I told you that you would have to leave, so please get going” “I know that you don’t want to leave, but you have to.” “come on, pretty please”.

No, God had to “drive” them out!

All because they disobeyed “One” commandment of God. This set sin into motion for all of mankind.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-” (Rom.5:12)

Death meaning separation from God. It is what sin does. It separates by it’s very nature. Take a look around today and see how it is separating lives. Satan comes to “steal”, “kill”, “rob and destroy”. And we might add “separate”. They are all forms of “death”.

Where is the word “sin” first used in the Bible? You got it. In the very next chapter. We will see some of the very same “measures of death” there also.

This story of Cain and Abel has been overlooked as to the real meaning or the real value of the story. Most would say that it had to do with the offerings. One God accepted, the other He didn’t. Right, but there is something to learn regarding sin in this passage.

When Cain found out that God did not except his offering, he was very “angry”. There you have another form of death. Another measure of death, “anger”. A lot of the times when sin takes it’s effect, it produces anger. Sin in the heart, which is where it starts, produces anger.

Then God said to Cain, “why are you angry?”

And then God says something that is overlooked. Basically, he says, don’t worry about it, just do good and you will be OK.
Here comes the first time that “sin” is used in the Bible.
“And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door”. Basically, He is saying that sin will be lying at your door if you don’t do well. Also in the next sentence it says, sins desire is for you or towards you, but you should rule over it.”

Here God is mapping out some education about sin. If you are not going to do well or right, then guess what? Sin will be right there where you are, waiting to sink it’s teeth into you. It’s very nature is towards you, to rip you into pieces and thus bring death.

And God says, “but you should rule over it”

Continued in part 4.

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