Annotated Genesis: Dust to dust 3:19

“…For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (vs.19).”

Sovereignty of God designated the earth as his footstool. So it has a form. It can only hold so much as the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree illustrates. Nowhere in the Scripture do we see God being wasteful with his demesne. “So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?(Lk.13:7-NIV)” Similarly in the parable of the wheat and tares the husbandman would have the tares bundled up and put to fire (Mt.13:30). When God blessed ‘living creature that moveth’ they were to multiply and replenish the earth. The word replenish indicates death as built in and they were the means to restore the stock after their kind. Otherwise the expression after their kind would be unnecessary. If the herbs replenished their kind, season after season so would creatures that moved in the waters or on land. Considering man was placed in charge over these, his relation with God indicated the blessings of God would continue as before. Consider this expression:‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife’ and it indicates both death and procreation of mankind were envisaged in Core Will.

What is essential for us to keep in mind is that the Spirit uses the Adam Eve episode as a symbol and when they are cast out of the garden the representational nature of the narrative ends with Ge.3:24. Death did not come because of one man’s disobedience. Sin of disobedience cast its long shadow upon the world. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Ro.5:12).” In reverse with Jesus obedience of one shall stand as salvation mark of favour from God for the world.

“Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not (Jn.11:50).The Spirit makes Caiaphas the High Priest rephrase the Will of God in entirely in another context. He meant letting Jesus Nazareth to be a scapegoat for the Jewish nation. Economy of God had foreseen the Son as propitiation for the sins of the world.


About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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