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Adam and Eve chose death instead of life
Day 10

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     Adam's and Eve's rebellion against God brought death just as God said it would. Death doesn't mean "extinction" as you might think, but more "a separation from" (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). Their fall into sin caused a separation with God, which is spiritual death. This break in relationship with God was immediately evidenced by Adam's and Eve's hiding from Him, and blaming Him and each other for their sin. As soon as they sinned, their bodies also began to age. The outcome of this aging would be physical death (separation from our physical body).

     If you think about it, we seem to live in a world that highlights death. Just turn on our news, and you hear how full of senseless violence and death our world is. Just this year, one guy killed 32 people without any emotion or apparent conscience. Human relationships, in general, seem to gravitate more towards separation rather than harmony and peace. Just read the statistics on divorce. Just study history, it turns out to be a study on wars. Most bodies, on the average, have a few good decades, after which the effects of age and disease start becoming apparent. Just print "anti-aging" on something and it will sell. Just talk to anyone and they will have a health problem or know someone who does.

     God never wanted us to live this way! God is the God of life not death. As we saw in creation He is the source of all life. He created Adam and Eve to live in a world that was without death. He made them to have eternal life, but they chose eternal death.

     God wants us to have eternal life as well, but we choose eternal death too. Did you know we choose death every time we sin, because the result of sin is death? 1 Corinthians 15:56a says, "...the sting of death is sin." A world with no sin is a world without death. I know it doesn't make any sense to me why Adam and Eve chose death over life, but we do the same.

Life Application

     Read about God being the source of life from John 1:1-4, 3:16-18 14:6, Romans 6:23, 1 John 4:9-10 and Revelation 22:1. Write down any insights.

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