February 29, 2020
Genesis 2:17 (KJB) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Many people, especially among the younger generation, do not naturally expect to face stiff penalties for their chosen words and action(s). Why, because in this wicked world consequences are not often immediate, talk is cheap, choices and activities can be deniable, and penalties are usually not expected among those who choose to do wrong on a daily, even hourly basis. It is hard for some individuals to correlate actions with expected penalties when, often in their youth, they did not face the price of wayward choices. After all, many have grown up in the “trophy for all” generation and come to expect rewards, not to face penalties.
From a young age, some people have come to assume that they will not face any price more significant than a harmless timeout or short and gentle reprimand for any untoward choices. Taking a short break away from trouble or enduring a soft rebuke is much different than facing real harsh consequences.
In the case of Eve, death was an inevitable and severe consequence of disobeying God. However, to surely die might have seemed unreal, for she likely did not even understand the physical end of life. What was death anyway? Eve was accustomed to living in paradise and had no fear of satan or physically passing from this world, for she did not take God at His Word given to Adam.
Eve was fooled by the words of satan, for she did not know or apply the Word of God to her life. We can learn from her example and use it in our life.
Real consequences are what each one of us can expect in this world and upon physical death if we do not personally know God. Each action, each word, each unprofessed sin has an expected penalty and end. God has given us a “spiritual relief valve” of sorts in 1st John 1:9, but it is up to each of us personally to agree with God about the nature of sin and to apply His lasting grace and eternal relief in our life.
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