From a Biblical perspective, the practice set forth in our title, is found repeatedly throughout both the Old and New Testaments, may we begin by defining the words of our title.First, is the word …
From a Biblical perspective, the practice set forth in our title, is found repeatedly throughout both the Old and New Testaments, may we begin by defining the words of our title.
First, is the word “deliberate” an “adjective, which depicts and action, done consciously and intentionally”. Among the synonyms, is the word volitional, defined as relating to the use of one's will? This is from the noun, volition, which means the faculty or power of using one's will.
Secondly, is the word “transgressions”, “a plural noun, defined as an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense”. In the list of synonyms, was the word sin, defined as an immoral act considered being a transgression against divine law, this usage will be set forth in this article.
Thirdly, is the word “biblical”, “adjective, relating to or contained in the Bible”.
Fourthly, is the word “reality”, “the quality or state of being real”?
In this article, Deliberate Transgressions is the conscious exercise of ones will, in going against the law of God, resulting in sin and separation from God Almighty. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God. And your sins have hidden His face from you, So He will not hear” Isa. 59:2.
As we began to read the Old Testament, we’ll not read very far, until we encounter the first biblical account of the practice noted in our title. It was in the Garden of Eden; Adam (man) was first created by God Genesis 2:7. “For Adam was formed first, then Eve 1 Tim. 2:13 and placed within the garden, to tend and keep it, Gen. 2:15.
Adam was commanded, with specific instructions regarding the trees that he could and could not freely eat of Genesis 2:16-17. Prof. Leupold comments, “Before leaving this verse it is a good thing to observe how definitely the account teaches that the first man was gifted with freedom of will. The moral sense must not first develop later; it is a part of the original heritage of man. A moral being standing on a very high plane of perfection at the time of his creation—such is the man of the creation account in Genesis” H.C. Leupold, Genesis, Barnes Notes pg. 129.
God determining, that it was not good for man to be alone. Eve (woman) was then created and placed within the garden, as a helpmeet Genesis 2:18, this expression simply means a helper well suited, fitted and adapted to fulfilling the needs of man, (wife Genesis 2:24) for Adam. “For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man” 1 Cor. 11:8-9.
Though, God’s determined need for Adam had been satisfied, this existing utopia would soon be interrupted by a third party, the serpent, note the other names ascribed to him, “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him Rev. 12:9 ESV.
In Genesis 3 we find recorded, humanity’s first sin and the results. The cunning serpent approached mother Eve, with the question in Genesis 3:1 “Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Eve knew the truth, as to what God had said, and expressed it, “And the woman said to the serpent. “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die” Genesis 3:2-3. Then the serpent countered, by saying, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” Genesis 3:4-5. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to a make on wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her and he ate” Genesis 3:6.
The apostle John sums up the three avenues through which sin comes, in these words, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world” 1 John 2:16, all are found present in Genesis 3:6.
When they partook, yes their eyes were opened; but not as the serpent had promised, quite to the contrary. Jesus says this of the serpent, “He was murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources for he is a lair and the father of it” John 8:44. “The beginning to which reference is made was the beginning of sin when Satan tempted Eve and so brought death upon the human family Romans 5:12. Thus Satan murdered the race by bringing death upon it and so is “a murderer from the beginning” Commentary on John, GA, Guy N. Woods, pg. 176.
As God had promised; death would occur, if the forbidden fruit was partaken of, which it was, the death, spoken of here was not physical death, though later they did die physically, but death here is spiritual death, separation from God. “The more serious is the inner spiritual separation”, H.C. Leupold, Genesis, Barnes Notes, pg. 128. The apostle Paul addressed the worldly minded, self-indulgent widow, in this manner, “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives 1 Tim. 5:6.
“But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death” James 1:14-15. “The word death is separation from God and all that is good” New Testament Commentaries, GA, James, Guy N. Woods, pg.62.
Evidence abounds, that both Adam and Eve knew exactly, what God had commanded, and the consequence that would follow if disobeyed, but yet through the exercise of their will or volition, God’s will was deliberately disobeyed, and the consequence served. The apostle Paul, used the example of Eve, as a warning to the saints in the church in Corinth when he wrote, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” 2 Cor. 11:3.
Our second and concluding article on this subject will be taken from the New Testament, with some present day applications noted.
Don Craven is a member of the McArthur Heights Church of Christ, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.