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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)
"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.
"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.
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?