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Tuesday, April 16 2013

What Makes Physical Life Possible?

"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life"

The first human was created from lifeless "dust." Man became "a living soul" (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?) by means of the Holy Spirit from "the LORD God" (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). Man's first breath was "the breath of life" from the Creator (see Colossians: By Him Were All Things Created).

Out Of The Garden

"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." (Genesis 2:4-7 KJV)

Humans and animals began as vegetarians. They would consume, not other humans and animals, but the plants that grew directly from the same ground that humans and animals were created ("meat," as used by the King James Version, originally meant food).

"1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Genesis 1:29-30 KJV)

It was "natural" then that the first humans were given to care for a "garden." They were however also given a test of obedience (see Grace In The Garden).

"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." (Genesis 2:15-17 KJV)

Humans chose to disobey the LORD (see How Did Adam And Eve Sin Differently?). When they became "weeds," the LORD then permitted toxic seed-bearing plants to grow (see Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?), with the proclamation that "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

"3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)

"The LORD said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years"

Being removed from the Garden (see The Garden In Eden) did not affect human longevity. The most long-lived humans on record lived from the time of Adam to the time of the Flood.

The Flood

"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: 5:7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.

5:9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: 5:10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.

5:12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: 5:13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.

5:15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: 5:16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.

5:18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: 5:19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

5:21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

5:25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: 5:26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

5:28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. 5:30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: 5:31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.

5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Genesis 5:1-32 KJV)

"If He gather unto Himself His Spirit and His Breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust"

Two major changes affected humanity at the time of the Flood. Just before the LORD brought about the Deluge (see How Did The Flood Happen?), He reduced the maximum physical lifetime of humans to 120 years (the record to this day is at that very same number). How did the LORD do so? By reducing the Holy Spirit that makes physical existence possible.

A Cemetery

"6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." (Genesis 6:3 KJV)

Also at the time, when human lifespan was greatly reduced, humans were permitted to become meat-eaters, no longer necessarily vegetarians - the logical reason that animals also thereafter began to "naturally" fear humans.

"9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9:1-6 KJV)

Notice, as stated above, that the Spirit of God that created man was also the means that physical life continued. That reality never changed, even after humans began procreating of themselves. There is some Holy Spirit in everyone; otherwise, "if He gather unto Himself His Spirit and His Breath, All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust."

"33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life." (Job 33:4 KJV)

"34:13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world? 34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." (Job 34:13-15 KJV)

There are two major resurrections coming. The first, to spirit, will happen on the day of Christ's return (see The Harvest Prophecies). The second resurrection, later, will be to physical life (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries to understand why there will be two resurrections). Either way, physical or spirit, the life will come from the Holy Spirit: "I shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live."

"37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?

And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:1-14 KJV)

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This Day In History, April 16

1457 BC: Estimated date of a Battle of Megiddo (an ancient "battle of Armageddon") between Thutmose III of Egypt and a Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh.

1178 BC: Estimated date of the Greek king Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.

69: Roman emperor Otho committed suicide at age 37 after being defeated by Vitellius' troops at Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Ancient Empires - Rome).

73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).

masada 1065: The Norman Robert Guiscard took Bari, ending 5 centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.

1175: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I ended the siege of Alessandria and signed the Treaty of Montebello with the Lombard League (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1521: Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms (i.e. "Worms" is the English rendering for Vorms, a city in Germany), where he defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet (a term for a legislative assembly used some countries, "Diet" derived from the Latin word for day), Luther refused to recant his rebellion against the Papacy (while at the same time, Luther kept nearly all of the Papacy's antichrist doctrines, as do most "Protestants" to this day - see Antichristians and Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men? and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

1542: The Sieur de Roberval, France's first viceroy in Canada, sailed for the New World with 3 ships and 200 colonists. He explored the St. Lawrence as far as Montreal Island, searching for the legendary kingdom of Saguenay. The expedition returned to France in 1543.

1582: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1705: Queen Anne knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.

1746: Forces under the Duke of Cumberland fought the Jacobite Scots under Prince Charles Edward at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness, Scotland.

1780: The University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was founded.

1818: After the U.S. failed to obliterate the Canadian people as a nation and annex Canadian territory into the U.S. (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the War of 1812 - which ended in 1814 with British Marines and Canadian Militia burning the White House, in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in Toronto earlier that year, after Madison and his army fled Washington into the nearby Potomac River swamp), the U.S. Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada that remains to this day nearly 200 years later.

1856: The Declaration of Paris was signed. It recognized the principle of free ships and free goods and defined contraband and blockade.

1912: Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, from Dover to Hardelot.

1942: The Island of Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack during the Second World War. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.

1947: Bernard Baruch began the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.

1953: The British royal yacht Britannia was launched, just months before Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The ship served the monarchy for 45 years before being decommissioned in 1998.

1982: Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, ending the last colonial links with Britain.

1995: Canada and the European Union settled a dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic after weeks of tense negotiations. The incident began when a Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested a Spanish ship on the high seas.

2007: the Virginia Tech Massacre, one of the deadliest shooting sprees in U.S. history - 32 killed, 23 wounded. The gunman committed suicide.





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