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Friday, March 27, 2015

Bible Teachings 402

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and Episode 2 of my mini Bible series "Bible Teachings".

Let's recap: Earlier, you learned that Adam had the perfect start in life (Genesis 1:28-31*) and the prospect of living forever in paradise, but somehow threw it all away. How or why did this happen?

Adam was created with a special quality, one that we all possess. It's called FREE WILL. You see, Jehovah, that's God's personal Name (Psalms 83:18*) did not create us humans to be a bunch of mindless robots! He made all of us with a body, a brain and mental and emotional qualities very much like His own, which include FREE WILL (Genesis 1:26, 27*). With our free will, we CHOOSE to do certain things or not (Hebrews 5:14*). For example, as an individual, YOU choose what to eat, what to wear, what to say, and so forth. On the other hand, having your freedom of choice taken away from you and subsequently being told exactly when to go to sleep, when to wake up, who to be friends with, etc. wouldn't make you very happy at all!
  Well, it's the same for Adam. Even though he was created perfect, with free will, he was not created to be independent of God (Jeremiah 10:23*). As Creator and Universal Sovereign, God had every right to tell Adam what to do. Afterall, God made Adam and was, therefore, in the best position to know exactly what Adam needed in life to be truly happy. So, as was His right, God gave Adam the command found at Genesis 2:16, 17*: "Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: 'From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction, But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.'"
  This was really a safeguard for Adam. You see, Adam had freedom, but it was relative freedom, subject to the restrictions God put in place. Adam could chose to do wrong or do right. For example, when the traffic lights are working, everyone calmly waits for the green light before proceeding, but when the power is out and there are no lights, what happens? It's complete mayhem, road rage to the extreme!
  Back to Adam, bear in mind now that this was a COMMAND from God and the penalty for disobeying that command was DEATH. There were no ifs, buts or maybes. God made it perfectly clear that if Adam [and later Eve] ate from the forbidden tree he would die. This was by no means a burdensome command either. Adam and his family were well-provided for and could maintain their perfection and longevity as long as they recognized God as Supreme Ruler and obeyed His laws (Isaiah 48:17, 18*). Adam fully understood what death was, because he had probably seen some of the animals in the Garden of Eden die off already. So, did he eat from the forbidden tree? Come back for Episode 3!

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
**Image modified from Wikimedia

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