As We Look Into God's Word, We See an Image of What We Are
We need to understand the material from which we are made and how it will govern us.
Genesis 2:7 “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.”
God literally took clay and shaped us into His image, and then breathed into us a divine energy that gave us life. Just because we have life, we should not think that this privilege in some way negates or overrides the fact that we will be functioning through our fleshly bodies exactly in the same way as the soil was designed to operate. This is only the reality of being made of clay.
We disobeyed Him in the garden, and because of it He said we will die. Each of us can see clearly that all are complying to His Word in this area. To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, You must not eat of it, Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of this all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the field.”
Are women more susceptible to the subtle seducing pleasures of food?
Solomon was lead astray by his wives, but it never states how. The Bible tells us that the woman is a weaker vessel, and I do not believe Christ is only talking about physical strength. Don’t misunderstand me, women are the most beautiful creatures ever made and we are commanded to love them, not that this should be a problem. However, when we marry, we become one flesh, one body, and I must know my body to properly protect my body.
This curse had parameters, and said nothing that would suggest this includes becoming defiled in any way. Yes, the disobedience or sin, produce the knowledge of good and evil which carried a death sentence, but why would God impose a penalty that testifies against his workmanship?
This curse on the ground was given by God for the punishment when Adam listened to another part of his body. A little walk in the country or growing a garden should convince you the curse is alive and well. The curse gives us thistles which only through our painful backbreaking toil, can we keep them from overtaking our food. The curse was a blessing to Adam once he had the knowledge because not only did it give them a job but directed them on what was best to eat. That’s why in Genesis 3:19 it said “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Yes, their disobedience or sin, produced the knowledge of good and evil which ultimately would return them to the ground. If God had told them that they would die if they jumped off a cliff, then the action is just a natural outcome of going against the laws of nature. Christ came for the body and is not going to curse His workmanship or hinder it in any way. God provided the best way for mankind to continue on after Adam made the choice that everyone of us would have made. Remember what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar when he was out in the field eating grass? Daniel 4:36 “At that time my reason returned to me. And my majesty and splendor were resorted to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty and surpassing greatness was added to me.
We must acknowledge that it was through this act of consuming, that which was pleasant to eat, which changed how both Adam and Eve perceived their reality. They ate something and it changed how they formed their thoughts. It was through this natural human way of thinking which would take them away from the truth of God.
It was no coincident that the first sin of mankind came by satisfying the desire of the flesh (the stomach) through the mouth, making this food our first offering to our greatest idol. Has anything really changed? I summit to you that it has not. God told them not to eat it but Eve thought it looked good to eat and ate it for the sake of pleasure. Therefore, it should not surprise anybody that God would tell us in His word how He plans, in the future, to remedy the problem.
1 Cor 6:13 “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food” - but God will do away with both of them.
Satan’s deception in the Garden of Eden worked perfectly and his M. O. has not changed. Satan’s plan is working perfectly and nothing is broke, but for us, it is time we wised up and stop using a fleshly theology to confront his technique.
(NIV) Lev 18:25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. Or NASB ‘For the land has become defiled’ therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.
This shows that the land was not defiled by the curse, but by what the inhabitants did to it which caused it to become sick and vomit. Adam disobeyed God, which brought down the curse directly on the land, yet it was not this action that in any way contaminated the soil. If the soil was not defiled by the curse, then what actions caused this defilement? It was the action of disobeying God’s command to allow the land to rest one in seven.
Lev 18:25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin.
If God is going to punish the land for its sin, then the land has the ability not only to have a pure and righteous nature, but a defiled and sinful nature.
What does the word nature mean in this context? Nature - 1) the quality or qualities that make something what it is; essence 2) inborn character, disposition or tendencies 3) kind; sort 4) the basic biological functions, instincts, drives, etc. 5) normal or acceptable behavior 6) the sum total of all things in the physical universe 7) the power, force, etc. that seem to regulate this.
Something in the soil has changed its biological function and now what regulates a normal and acceptable behavior, has been given over to a power that changes the nature to one of sin. God will punish the sinful nature. But you say the soil had no choice. No, it was a slave to the one who was put in charge of it. But how does this soil return to a nature of holiness?
2 Chr 36:20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, ...
2 Chr 36:21 The land enjoyed its Sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.
The people that were forcing the soil had been removed, and the soil did nothing for the same number of years that it missed its Sabbaths. It took a time of intense rest for the soil to return to a pure nature, from one of a defiled nature. Just like the soil had no choice, but bore the misuse of its inhabitants, our bodies have no choice, and are the slaves to bare our indiscretions. Also, we need a time of intense prolonged rest so we can return to a pure nature, for it is our nature that regulates our thoughts.
We can have a power and a force which is lacking, resulting in lawlessness, or a superfluous life force which produces a character like Christ’s. The life force or power generated for our bodies is the soul responsibility of the “mitochondria”. If their numbers are dwindling, so is your righteousness. You must be in the character of Christ when you pray, otherwise this scripture is regarding you Isaiah 29:13 Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for me consists of tradition learned by rote.”
Gal 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
Well, we all want to belong to Christ, but have we changed our nature? Like the soil we have two natures, and since we are taken from the soil, whatever has caused the soil to move away from its pure nature, will be exactly the essence of our sinful nature. We now have a picture, an understanding of what needs to be crucified and how we are going to proceed.
Unbalanced land is sick soil, that has lost its ability to break down organic matter into usable nutrients, and produces food which had lost its integrity, though it looks the same. Anyone who consumes food grown on this type of soil eats food that cannot sustain the requirements of the body, even though they feel full, therefore God, in Leviticus, directs us.
Lev 19:23 “ ‘And when you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it shall not be eaten. But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord.
Whether you are in charge of the soil or your own body, disobedience to God’s directives will tear down that which sustains life. The owner gives his human body no choice but to return to him, the consequences of his actions which sabotage his digestion and / or removes his ability to utilize that which he could digest.
This phenomenon which materializes, by going against God’s natural laws, cannot sufficiently sustain the requirements of the body, therefore, all parts of the body start to break down including the mind. It was not following God’s instructions, in regards to the Sabbaths, which ultimately lead to the wicked and detestable actions of its inhabitants.
Not resting and consuming produce that have been sacrificed to your idol or anybody’s idol, results in pollution, and / or a lack of integrity, which works to lower your capacity to resist temptation, or lowers your proficiency to say no to ungodliness, which culminates to neutralize the teaching aspect of grace by the quenching of the Spirit.
Heb 10:29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?