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God's First Commanment to Mankind
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Monday, 22 June 2009 00:30

 

God’s  First  Commandment  to  Mankind

 

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 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.” (Gen. 2:15-17)

 

This is the first time the word “command” ever appears in the Holy Bible.  The Hebrew word for “command” is “sawah” hwZ that essentially refers to verbal communication by which a superior “orders” or “commands” a subordinate.  This “command” defines an action relevant to a specific situation.  “Sawah” can also connote “command” in the sense of the establishment of a rule by which a subordinate is to act in every recurring similar situation.  In this case, the word focuses on the action and its result.

 

The Hebrew word for “commandment” is “miswah” hwzm which has the concept that words of authority from the LORD as sovereign God has the right to be obeyed.  A commandment can be either in the positive prescription “You shall do . . .” or negative prohibition “You shall not do . . .”  The plural of “miswah” - “commandments”  often denotes a “body of laws” given by divine revelation known as “commandments of the LORD your God” (Deut. 4:2). 

 

The commandment that included the warning that the One True God gave to Adam and Eve concerning the consequence of disobedience was in the end found to be accurate. The death God had said would come did in fact occur and continues to this day.

 

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned – For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” (Rom. 5:12-14)

 

Many today still do not take seriously the commandments and warnings that God has given to this world in His word.  Tragically, like Adam and Eve, those who continue to ignore His commandments and warnings will one day reap the inevitable consequences of their disobedience, as they will face the certain judgment that God has declared will come on those who reject His word and disobey the gospel.

 

The One True God has had a standard of righteous conduct that began at the time of the Creation of Adam and Eve and has not changed since.  Just by looking at the first sin committed by Adam and Eve we can see that they have transgressed against many of the Ten Commandments.  Whoever or whatever someone obeys and serves is his god.  In this case, Adam and Eve, by obeying the serpent broke the First Commandment.  They had “put another god before the One True God.”  In doing so, they also broke the Fifth Commandment, by “dishonoring their Parent”, in the sense that Adam was a created son of God (Luke 3:38).  Their sin also involved “stealing” (the Eighth Commandment), in that they took the forbidden fruit that was not theirs.  Putting the blame on someone else instead of taking responsibility for one’s own sin is breaking the Ninth Commandment of “bearing false witness against one’s neighbor.” (Gen. 3:12-13)  Besides this, Eve “lusted” for the forbidden fruit.  Lusting is coveting, which breaks the Tenth Commandment.

 

Breaking one commandment leads to breaking all of them. This is precisely what the apostle James expressed in James 2:10: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” God’s laws are interrelated and intricately woven together—if you break one, you eventually break them all.

 

Learning from the mistakes of Adam and Eve we today must be thankful and content to be living by His word.  The key to finding true happiness is in obeying God’ commandments and doing His will.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2009 01:47