THE FALL of MANKIND PART I

The Fall Part I

Temptation scene, Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo, 1508-12

Genesis 3: 1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of  it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil (ASV 1901).

The serpent (Hebrew nachash) is here introduced into Scripture for the first time as the one who brings temptation. The serpent is an actual serpent which Satan the adversary of God and mankind indwelt to communicate with the woman. We see the same intimate pairing of Satan and the serpent in the New Testament in at least three locations (II Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12: 9 and 20: 2). Rabbinical theology affirms the truth of this actual pairing of Satan and the serpent. This is not some quaint myth. This further instructs us to the Wiles of the Devil. He comes in disguise to tempt. In Hebrew, words are formed from a root of three letters. The foundation of the “root” for many Hebrew words yields words that are similar in nature. For example the Hebrew words to rule malach, king, melech and kingdom, malkoot all have the same three-root letters  Mem, Lamed and Kaf Sofiet. The word nachash is the same with the following three letters as the root נָ חָ שׁ: Nun Chet and Shin. From these three root letters the Hebrew language morphs into many words that have a similar nature in addition to the exact same root. The Hebrew word for bronze is nechoshet. In Numbers 21: 9 Moses made a bronze serpent to put and end to the snakes that were killing the children of Israel because they spoke out against Gods plan for them. The Hebrew word nechoshet nachash means a bronze serpent. Jesus referred to this life saving nechoshet nachash in John 3: 14-15 when He identified with it was as Himself being the savior of the world. We see how the various terms have multiple ties to different passages in the Bible. The serpent is no different. It has the quality for the etymology of the Hebrew words as being shiny or luminous. The Hebrew word for the bronze serpent became nechushtan in II Kings 18: 4, which also has the same three root letters. This idea is carried out into the New Testament where Satan is cast as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11: 14). The root letters (word) also morph into a verb meaning, “to practice divination” or “observe astrological signs” as in Genesis 30: 27, 44: 5, 15; Leviticus 19: 26; Deuteronomy 18: 10). This gives us further insight of the nature of the serpent and Satan first introduced in the plain text. Ancient pagan Near Eastern divination frequently made use of a serpent.

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The Law

THE LAW

 There are four aspects of the Law that the Christian needs to understand in order to form a sound basis for understanding what the Law is and what its intent was as given by God.

  1. There are a total of 613 Laws

The first 10 that commonly are referred to as the Ten Commandments are not the Law. The Law is a singular word and it is used in Scripture to refer to this unit of 613.

  1. The Law was given by angels to Moses.

The angelic delivery was not revealed in the O.T. but was always in Jewish lore. It does appear in the N.T in three places.

Act 7:53  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it].

 Galatians 3:19 b [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

 Hebrews 2:2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

  1. The Law had five purposes.

We will examine each in light of the Scripture that explains the purposes to us.  First we must fully understand that the Law was never a means of salvation. If that were true then salvation would be achieved by works and not by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Scripture is very clear on this point. Further if one in any dispensation could perform some human act to achieve salvation there would be no need for Christ to have come to earth and shed His blood. Now the content of faith changes from dispensation to dispensation or administration to administration. By content we mean that the level of revelation that God has made available to the particular dispensation. The individual’s faith can only be up to the level or content of what God has revealed within that dispensation. We believe in progressive revelation whereby God has chosen to reveal increasingly more about Himself as human history advances over time. The person who believes then is responsible to the “content” of faith that is available to him in each dispensation. We call them saints.

When an Old Testament Saint died, his body went into the ground and his soul went to Abraham’s Bosom because the sacrifices required by the Law were insufficient to get him into Heaven. They were sufficient to keep him out of Hell. Sin in every dispensation have to be removed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Old Testament unsaved who died went to Hell. When Christ died he went to Hades (side 1), not Hell to free the captives. Today when a New Testament saint dies his body goes into the ground and his soul goes straight to Heaven. The unbelievers go straight to Hell. After the thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth (Millennium), the inhabitants of Hell, Tartarus, and the Abyss will be cast into the Lake of Fire. (The Greek word for the Lake of Fire is Gehenna, which means a burning garbage dump)

The Five Purposes are:

    1. To reveal the holiness of God and the standard of righteousness that God demanded.
    2. To Provide a conduct of life for the Old Testament Saint. The Law then was give to those who loved God and wanted to keep His commandments as much as humanly possible. Those who did not love God would have no desire to keep the law and fulfill its obligation. Eli’s sons are an example of this. The outward demonstration of a believer’s faith in the O.T. was to keep the Law.

Romans 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

    1. To reveal sin.

 Romans 3:19-20  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

 Romans 7:7  What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

    1. To make one sin more. The sin nature uses the Law as a basis of operation. So as the Law becomes known humans have a tendency to want to challenge the Law by increased sin. One statement that helps to clarify this is when one it told to follow the Law that person will say, “Oh yeah? Well make me!’ Therefore the level of sin grows and becomes more evident.

Romans 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression.

Romans 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin [was] dead.

Romans 7:9-13  For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

 I Corinthians 15:56  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.

    1. To lead us to faith. It did this as our tutor or teacher as the Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 3:24.

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

4. THE LAW HAS COME TO AN END

We must realize that the Mosaic Law has come to an end. It is no longer operative and it has fulfilled its purpose. Some believe that there are three sections of the Law; the ceremonial, the moral and the civil; and the moral is continued in the New Testament. The moral aspects of God’s desire for us have been restated in the N.T. It is not a rehashing of the Law nor has the Law passed through to the N.T. We must realize that the Law expired and is no longer operative at all. As mentioned earlier the Law had 613 individual components but they were regarded as one unit. Therefore if one of the 613 was broken then the entire Law was violated. Because the blood of Christ fulfilled all the requirements of the Law it provides the believer all that is necessary for righteous behavior and salvation as well.

Romans 10:4  For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

So Christ give us His righteousness at the moment of salvation.

Of the various components of salvation there are two that need to be noted.

Justification and Sanctification

The Law justifies no one.

Romans 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

The Law also sanctified no one. It made nothing perfect.

Hebrews 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

The Law was temporary until the Seed would come. (the seed of the woman is Christ)

Galatians 3:19a Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;

 With the change from the Law of Moses to the Law of Christ came a change in the priesthood.

Hebrews 7:11-14  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

 The O.T priest had to be of the tribe of Levi and the Kings all had to be of the tribe of Judah. Since Christ is of the tribe of Judah the New Covenant accommodates this by annulling the Law. Christ is a King and a Priest after the order of Melchisedec.

 Hebrews 7:18-19  For there is verily an (annulling) of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

 The Law was a wall of separation between the Jews and the Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11-15  Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

 Ephesians 3:5-6  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

There are four unconditional covenants that God made with the Jews.

  1. The Abrahamic
  2. The Land (Palestine)
  3. Davidic
  4. New Covenant

Each had spiritual and material blessings. As long as the Mosaic Covenant was in effect there was no way for Gentiles to enjoy the blessings of the Covenants. The only way for them to join in these blessings was to become proselytes. This was the legal separation between the two groups.

Daniel E. Woodhead

 

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Fallen Angels Attempt to Stop The Messiah’s First Advent

FALLEN ANGELS INTERMARRY WITH HUMAN WOMEN TO POLUTE THE MESSIANIC LINE CAUSING THE FLOOD

Genesis 6: 1-8 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah (ASV 1901).

The apostle Paul who recognized that demonic warfare was taking place in the spirit world warned us that we were the objects of their wrath (Ephesians 6: 10-13). One of earliest (after Satan’s success in the Garden of Eden) attacks to prevent to coming of the Messiah was the series of events recorded here in Genesis chapter six. The Lord Jesus warned His disciples that similar events would transpire when He was about to make His second advent to the earth in time and space (Matthew 24: 37). He also told them/us not to be deceived (Matthew 24: 4).

There are those who believe that the passage in Genesis Six refers to an unholy union of those from the line of Cain and the holy line of Seth. Proper exegesis of the Hebrew text does not yield this understanding.

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Genuine Love with Discernment

 

Exercising Genuine Love

Philippians 1:9-11

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (KJV).

Paul takes the godly love for them, which he conveys to them and prays that this love will abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. But that love needed to be exercised practically in “knowledge and understanding.” They needed to find discerning ways to exercise love and righteousness. In the third chapter of this book Paul will warn them about the ever-present danger of false teachers (Philippians 3:2, 18–19). The Philippians would make themselves easy prey for such teachers if, in the interest of being loving, they were not carefully evaluating everything that these teachers were presenting. Just as Dr. Luke related the practices of the Bereans Paul is warning them to temper their love with knowledge and judgment.

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (KJV).

We should be keenly aware of this danger. The Church has too often refused to stand against doctrinal error because someone argued that we must have a loving attitude and just accept another’s exegesis! Don’t listen to that argument. It flows from a false teacher. In this latter day on the grand chronology of all time there is a terrible lack of Bible knowledge and discernment. Somehow love is mistakenly thought to mean being agreeable and tolerant. Nothing can be further from the truth! Doctrine is important because we can never sacrifice truth for peace in the name of a false love. Love must not tolerate evil. We must exercise our love as a decision with logic and reason, not as gushy sentimental emoting. Some may find this cold hearted but this is what God commands, and Paul stated in this verse. We exercise our love with our minds and not just our emotion. This will produce the most desirable outcomes if we follow God’s Word and not engage in illogical emotional affection. Poor decisions in this arena will bring us outcomes that are highly undesirable and ruin our future. Consider the proverb given by Solomon, the world’s wisest man.

Proverbs 4:23

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT).

God wants us to approve things that are excellent and further, be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. He is telling us through his letter to the Philippians that our discernment will allow us to only exercise our love and approval, which means to distinguish the correct teachings. He wants us to see through to the center or heart of any matter before us. Paul is praying that his readers would have the good sense in exercising their God given logic and reason, in the midst of competing issues and concerns, to see what is truly important and deserving our priority so they would be able to make wise spiritual decisions. When we have the Spirit of God living in us we can let Him carefully lead us into the truth. Some of those characteristics are:

 

  1. The Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10).
  2. The Holy Spirit has knowledge (1 Corinthians 2:10-11)
  3. The Holy Spirit has will—He makes determinations (1 Corinthians 12:11).
  4. The Holy Spirit has a mind (Romans 8:27).
  5. The Holy Spirit is love (Romans 15:30).
  6. The Holy Spirit is intelligent (Nehemiah 9:20).
  7. The Holy Spirit is described as good and not evil (Nehemiah 9:20).
  8. The Holy Spirit is able to grieve (Ephesians 4:30).
  9. The Holy Spirit is blessed (John 14:26).
  10. The Holy Spirit calls out (Galatians 4:6).
  11. The Holy Spirit hears (John 16:13).
  12. The Holy Spirit intercedes (Romans 8:26).
  13. The Holy Spirit gives testimony (John 15:26).
  14. The Holy Spirit teaches all things (John 14:26).
  15. The Holy Spirit reveals (1 Corinthians 2:10).
  16. The Holy Spirit reminds men of things past (John 14:26).
  17. The Holy Spirit leads or directs men what to do (Romans 8:14).
  18. The Holy Spirit commands men (Acts 16:6-7).
  19. The Holy Spirit prevents men from doing things (Acts 16:6-7).
  20. The Holy Spirit calls men to work and appoints them to office (Acts 13:2).
  21. The Holy Spirit goes forth upon the mission to which He is sent (John 15:26).
  22. The Holy Spirit tells what is yet to come (John 16:13).
  23. The Holy Spirit takes sides in disputes (Isaiah 63:10).
  24. The Holy Spirit fights those who rebel and grieve Him (Isaiah 63:10).
  25. The Holy Spirit makes decisions on the basis of reasoning (Isaiah 63:10).
  26. The Holy Spirit fellowships with believers (2 Corinthians 13:14).
  27. The Holy Spirit prophetically speaks the mind of God (John 16:13).

 

These twenty-seven attributes of the Holy Spirit are not exhaustive. The represent some aspects of His personality that tie into our ability to make loving decisions based upon knowledge and not gushy emotionalism which will usually lead us to an undesirable outcome. The believer should continue with the leading of God’s Spirit until we are taken out of the world at the rapture and resurrection (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). This is for the entire time we are on the earth. Exercise discernment in love. We must stand before Christ at the bema seat judgment blameless. The great day is nearly upon us and we must be ready to meet Him. With this knowledge in hand we must be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. If we have become believers and we are filled with His Spirit then we should be walking in this life as if we have been redeemed and espousing the love Christ gave us. The fruit of His spirit is manifest in our behavior.

Galatians 5:22-25

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit (ESV). 

 

Daniel E. Woodhead Ph.D.

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The Imprecatory Psalm to Destroy Israel’s Enemies

CALLING FOR GOD’S WRATH ON ISRAEL’S ENEMIES.

The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-3 by John Martin 1789-1854

It is believed that Psalm 83 was written by Asaph. It is not clear which of the three men mentioned in the Old Testament the twelve Psalms that bear his name wrote them. What is important for us to realize is the pleading nature of the writer begging God to avenge Israel’s enemies for hating Him. They exercise this hate for God through attacks on the children of Israel. Look at the names of the ancient tribes of this Psalm.

“Edom, and the Ishmaelite’s; Of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; The Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre  Assur also is joined with them: They have helped the children of Lot.”

All these names are now the countries that immediately border Israel. Read more

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