The Taste Of Death
The English word "taste" originated from an old French word, which itself originated from an old Latin word, which meant to feel, or to handle - to experience. "Taste" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced taw-awm, which also meant to experience, in a variety of ways (most of which do not involve eating).
"16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna [see Christ The Bread of Life] : and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey." (Exodus 16:31 KJV)
"34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." (Psalm 34:8 KJV)
"119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103 KJV)
"We see Jesus ... that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man"
As shown in the verses quoted above, the actual language of the Bible expressed "taste" to mean to experience. The Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced ghy-oo-om-ahee, also means the same as the Hebrew word - to experience. The Messiah used that original intent when He spoke of the "supper" of the Kingdom of God that will be experienced by those who accept their invitation to salvation, rather than make excuses to not obey Him (see Grace Into Licentiousness).
"14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
14:18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
14:19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
14:20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
14:21 So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
14:22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper." (Luke 14:15-24 KJV)
The Son of God "tasted" death, that is, experienced death, to break the barrier of death for everyone who accepts His offer of life (see Through The Gates Of Hell and Why Was It Torn?).
"2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." (Hebrews 2:9-12 KJV)
Fact Finder: What do the dead "taste" (i.e. experience) when they are dead? Are the dead somehow alive and dead at the same time? Or are the dead in absolute unconsciousness, awaiting a resurrection from the dead, exactly as Christ did?
See What Happens When You Die?; also Where Is Your Soul?
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