[b-hebrew] dying you will die

Scott McAliley scottanderin1 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 5 17:50:31 EDT 2007

   Gen 3.23, 24 doesn't say that they were banished from the garden to 
prevent perpetual sin.  God could squash perpetual sin or any other sin at 
any time He so desires.  I've already commented on this in an earlier post, 
but I'll repeat it here.  The bible tells us why they were banished: "lest 
he put forth his hand and also take from the Tree of Life, and eat, and live 
forever".  I think the putting forth of the hand is being overlooked here.  
The banishment is about showing mankind's inability to save his own soul by 
his own efforts.  That God is the only one who can cover our shame 
sufficiently was already typed in the slaying of a beast and the covering of 
their nakedness after they had tried to do so own their own.  And their sin 
problem was already taken care of when they accepted God's gracious 
covering.  And all of this seems to type Christ who we are told later in 
scripture, was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world".

>1 Tim 6.16 states that God alone is immortal. Human beings are mortal
>meaning they are subject to death, and in fact "mortal" is another term for
>"human being". I believe we were created as mortals and why Adam and Eve 
>to have access to the tree of life. As Harold Holmyard points out in an
>earlier message, "mortal" might not necessarily mean that human beings WILL
>die, but they are certainly subject to death, whereas an immortal being is
>not even subject to death.
>After they sinned, Gen 3.23, 24 tell us they were banished from the garden
>and access to the tree of life was guarded to prevent perpetual sin.
>This also explains why Gen 2.17 is written in the infinitive absolute case
>because, being subject to death, the tree of life somehow prevented them
>from dying, although they were subject to death. Once they were banished
>from the Garden, their mortality would lose its life support system and 
>would eventually die.
>Bruce Prince
>-----Original Message----- Scott McAliley wrote:
> > ... that still leaves me wondering, was the process of death that you
>refer to,
> > Tamut, already happening, and would certainly come to fruition if they 
> > take the action of eating of the tree of life?

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