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 2:7 KJV)
Have you ever been at a friend’s funeral or received the news that someone you knew was dead or dying? If you have, you will remember how that experience affected your outlook and your priorities. Suddenly or slowly, you realised that nothing- absolutely nothing was important to them anymore. No worries, to responsibilities nothing.
Just the day before, they could have been going on about an important engagement they ‘could not afford to miss’ because they were so key to its success. But now, it doesn’t matter anymore. Life or rather the lack of it tends to shrink things back to their ‘normal size’. Once you take life out of man, he is not worth much anymore.
The bible says God formed man from the dust of the ground (Gen 2 verse 7). God’s purpose for man was for man to be in his image and likeness- to be like him (Gen 1:26). Man just being formed out of the dust was nothing like God but thank God the bible continues in Genesis 2:7 “… and [God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul”. A living soul- just in the image and likeness of a living God!
This is why the fall is so serious. God told man that he will return to dust which meant that he will die- which is not a characteristic of God. Hence, God was saying that man will loose his God-likeness. In essence, man was going to malfunction. This reality makes the work of Jesus even more outstanding. It was the only ‘bug-fix’ for man’s malfunction. God cannot behold anything that is not God-like. Conversely, anything that is not God-like cannot withstand his presence. Therefore, Jesus who is God himself, came to take away the curse of death and re-imputed God-likeness on us. Jesus came to give us life instead of death!
By Him [Jesus] we are redeemed from the curse of death.
By Him we have life that has conquered death.
By Him we experience an everlasting Power of Life. Halleluyah!!
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