And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” —Genesis 2:16-17

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. —Genesis 3:4

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” —Genesis 3:19

            Death… where did it come from? Death entered the human race through disobedience. When Adam and Eve sinned then death entered. God had told Adam this would happen— “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” That was a stated consequence that would happen. Satan directly opposed God’s Word by telling Eve that “You will not surely die.” We are told that “just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

            At the present about 150,000 people die each day. That brings much sorrow and pain, tears and mourning. All this can be traced back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve followed Satan’s word instead of God’s Word. Now we can see the Wisdom of God and the hateful deceit of Satan. Beware!   Satan is his same deceitful self today and is out to destroy whoever he can (I Peter 5:8).

            Here’s a scheme of Satan— he does not want people to think of physical death and surely he does not want people to be thinking about eternal death (Revelation 20:15). But our Lord God Almighty has given us the responsibility to warn people of both— all are going to die. People will typically agree with you on this point, but the point of eternal death, eternal judgment is where people will disagree with you. The Satanic deception is to keep people blinded to the gospel that can save them from eternal death (II Corinthians 4:4). This is why we need share the gospel of coming into relationship with Jesus through His final substitutionary death on the cross (John 19:30), proving Himself to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).

            Here’s the good news of knowing Jesus— And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:3-3). Yes, all things will be made right! Even so come Lord Jesus!

Dear Father I thank You for our Blessed Hope, our Lord Jesus and life forever with Him and all who love Him.   May I be faithful to Your desires in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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