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Saturday, February 11 2012
Who Were The Three Sinless People?
The English word "sin" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word that meant a voluntary departure from what is right. "Sin" has been used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced khawt-tawth, which means the same - an offense i.e. over the fence, out of bounds (the reason that "tresspass" is also used to mean sin).
All humans are now sinners. It's even a sin to deny being a sinner:
"1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)
But it wasn't that way at the beginning. Humans were created sinless. Adam and Eve were sinless until they chose to sin, thereby causing the "fall of man." They, and all humans ever since, with the sole exception of Jesus Christ, were sinners. Only Adam, Eve and Jesus Christ have been sinless; Adam and Eve for a while, Jesus Christ for ever.
The creation of man (from the Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm, meaning man as a species, male and female, even though the name Adam originated from the word for the species as a whole) was intended for them to be sinless, like God i.e. "in our image, after our likeness" refers more to character than appearance.
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them"
Adam and Eve were observers of the only true Sabbath Day, the Seventh Day, just as the LORD Himself observed it i.e. violating the Sabbath is a sin, so Adam and Eve observed it because they were at first sinless. The Sabbath did not begin at Sinai; it began at Creation.
"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)
Genesis chapter 2 is a more detailed reiteration of the creation of man as described in chapter Genesis 1.
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The (male) man was at first alone, just as God once was (God is called the Father because He had a Son). But from one man, another was created. Ironically, while Eve would become the mother of all humans, Eve herself was the only human to have been born without a mother.
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 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.
Fact Finder: When Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden, were they still in Eden? Who was the first human to live outside of Eden?
This Day In History, February 11
660 BC: The traditional date for the founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno.
55: Britannicus, a son of Roman emperor Claudius, was poisoned.
1531: King Henry VIII appointed himself supreme head of his new Church of England after the Church of Rome refused to permit the king's adulterous re-marriages. It was one of the great hypocrisies of religious history - the great harlot of Rome (Revelation 17:5) didn't approve of the behavior of the great adulterer of England.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for 9 days, was beheaded for treason along with her husband Lord Dudley.
1573: English explorer and naval hero (i.e. in the battles against the Spanish Armada) Francis Drake sighted the Pacific Ocean.
1703: Godard van Reede-Ginkel, 1st earl of Athlone, died at age 59. The Dutch soldier, while in English service, completed the conquest of Ireland for Prince William of Orange (King William III of England) against the forces of the deposed King James II after the Revolution of 1688.
1812: Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signed a law changing the state's electoral boundaries to ensure a Republican victory. The manipulation gave rise to the term "gerrymandering."
1858: Bernadette Soubirous, 14, began 5 months during which she claimed to have 18 visions of Mary at Lourdes (if the girl saw anything at all, it wasn't Mary - Mary is dead, awaiting her resurrection like everyone else; see The Sleep Of Death).
1873: King Amadeo of Spain abdicated. It led to the proclamation of the first Spanish republic.
1919: Friedrich Ebert was elected the first President of the German republic. He helped to bring about the Weimar constitution that tried to unite Germany after the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1922: The discovery of insulin by Frederick Banting and Charles Best was announced in Toronto.
1929: In the Lateran Palace in Rome, Benito Mussolini (representing the Italian king) and Cardinal Gasparri (representing Pope Pius) signed 3 historic documents (1) The Lateran Treaty gave the pope full sovereignty and temporal power over the 110-acre Vatican City. (2) a financial agreement compensated the Vatican for its surrender of claims to the old Papal States. (3) a concordat established Roman Catholicism as the official religion of Italy.
1945: The Yalta Conference of Winston Churchill of Britain, Franklin Roosevelt of the U.S. and Joseph Stalin of Russia ended.
1970: Japan became the 4th country to put a satellite into orbit.
1975: Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of a British political party when she was elected leader of the Conservatives.
1990: Nelson Mandela released from a South Africa prison after 27 years on charges of treason.