Sunday Devotional: ‘For God formed man to be imperishable’

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

We are told in Genesis 3 that our first parents succumbed to the Devil’s temptation to be “as gods” and so ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Wanting to be “as gods,” of course, is a violation of the First Commandment.

As philosopher Francis Bacon explained, what precipitated our first parents’ fall was their supposition that “God’s commandments or prohibitions were not the originals of good and evil but that they had other beginnings which man aspired to know, to the end to make a total defection from God, and to depend wholly upon himself.”¹

¹Francis Bacon, Selected Philosophical Works, edited by Rose-Mary Sargent (Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999), p. 31.

And so in their grandiose narcissism, Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s explicit command, and ate from the tree because they wanted to determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong, when God had already written that knowledge “in their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The exercise of free will is not free of consequences. As God had forewarned Adam and Eve, the issues of disobedience were dire indeed. Where once was joy and ease, there would be suffering, hardship, and pain; where once was harmony and order, there would be turmoil and confusion. The control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered, and humanity becomes vulnerable to the ravages of sickness and disease.

More than that, death enters the world. Along with lives of toil and pain, men and women would eventually die, returning to the ground from which they were first taken, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

The sin of Adam and Eve must have been monumental because it tore the very fabric of the Universe . . . .

Sin — every sin — requires atonement to make things right again.

To atone is to amend or repair (Oxford Dictionaries). The synonyms of “atonement” are amend, penance, payment, redress, redemption, expiation, propitiation, restitution, reparation, indemnification, recompense, and satisfaction (Thesaurus.com).

Who can atone for this monumental sin?

Certainly no human can, given that the sin was committed by the first man who, unlike subsequent humans, was unblemished with the stain of Original Sin (fomes peccati: an inclination toward evil), and had walked and talked with the Lord God.

No human can atone for Adam’s Fall.

Only God can.

And when our Redeemer was on Earth, by raising the dead He showed us that through Him and with Him and in Him, we can conquer death.

We are familiar with the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. But there was an earlier resurrection before Lazarus — that of the daughter of a synagogue official named Jairus.

Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 40-43

One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Remember to tell the Lord God that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

10 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘For God formed man to be imperishable’

  1. And you, too!

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

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  3. And with you as well!

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  4. Until we acknowledge we are weak and need the Lord to help us, He can’t help us. I’ve seen this so many times! I recently talked to God about a problem we’ve been dealing with for so long, and needless to say I believe He is going to help us with it! Prayer works, though sometimes He does things differently than we expect.

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  5. HE is not going to let all that was so hard fought by the Founding Fathers get destroyed by undeserving Americans borne here by mistake. It is not going to happen until the last drop of blood is spilled on this land.

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  6. Excellent post DR. E….. these Sunday devotionals are always inspirational, and I always learn something. I honestly did not know the story of Jairus, so thanks 😊

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  7. Very nice. There are other interpretations for Christ’s resurrections in his earthly ministry, but this one is nice. This time of year I like to reflect on Peter’s martyrdom (June 29) as well.

    I like to think of The Fall as a “correction”. Before that humans lived forever in plenty and had nothing to worry about. But they didn’t really have free will. By disobeying God they made a decision on their own. It was the “wrong” one, but it was their own.

    It seems God decided that He would allow this but humans would suffer the consequences of being able to defy God. So, as you said, we are free to do as we will but we are not free of the consequences of our actions.

    Peter is a shining example of what its like to be slow and human. He was slow to grasp The Lord’s teachings. He even denied Christ. But he became “The Rock” on which The Church was built. He learned to trust and to obey.

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  8. Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? We must stand strong and united in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ. Expose the evil, and seek the good.

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  9. Alma,
    I am afraid that I don’t share your certainty. I am certainly not a great scholar of hermeneutics, but I have studied the Bible a fair amount. And from the study that I have done, I am not able to see where this nation of America is going to exist as a single nation at the last days.
    I of course have seen others who guarantee that we will continue on, and be the recipients of God’s single minded grace. And I have seen those who are all over the place on the rapture as well, with many who don’t have scriptural backing, but simply say that God is too merciful to allow His children to endure the tribulation. Again, I can find no Biblical support for that position.
    This nation that the founding fathers fought for with such zeal, I believe was actually a gift from God. There just seems to be too much that could have gone against them, to say that God’s hand was not moving to help deliver this nation to us, as a people. That we now have turned our back on Him, as a nation, to me does not bode well for us.
    We know that God, even when He loves a people, such as the Jews in the Old Testament, will often punish them, to try and draw them back to Himself. He scattered the Jews for centuries, and let them be taken into captivity, etc. I am afraid that we cannot count any different treatment for this nation. We have to remember that those He loves, He chastises. That is why it is so important that we lean on this verse, from the Old Testament.
    2 Chronicles 7:14
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    I don’t think that there is any other way now that our country can escape the wrath that is to come for our disobedience and wickedness.
    However, as I said, I am for sure not a great scholar, and have often been wrong about many things. I hope that I am wrong here, and that the Lord begins to move and to work a mighty work in our land, and in the hearts of our people. Because it is of course obvious that the hearts of a huge share of this country have turned to stone. And it is only through the belief on the Lord Jesus Christ that those hearts can be healed.

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