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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).
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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)
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?
Fact Finder: Is a physical body needed for a resurrection?
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.
73: Masada fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
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.