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This is part two of infirmity and the will of God. And before we get started, real quickly for my audio listeners, just a reminder to subscribe. Share us on social media and watch and listen again. So if we if we walk in the spirit and we’re conformed to the image of Christ, then ideally we yield and he speaks through us. In fact, I wanted to put another promotion for the Nuggets of faith, because almost everything I teach either comes from this book or the subsequent book, and you can get it on Amazon. And the whole idea behind Nuggets of Faith is I was sharing this with a pastor just a couple of days ago. I was sharing that when the Lord gave me a gift of healing seven years ago, I didn’t understand it. And I went to my church and they didn’t understand it either. And they said, it doesn’t happen. But yet I’m seeing people get healed. And I said, there’s a disconnect here. You know, it does happen. Okay. So so I went outside our church into other realms of Christendom and started to learn what scriptures they interpreted. And I went back to God’s Word and I went through those scriptures. And by golly, that’s exactly what it said. It’s God’s will to heal and it still happens and things of that sort. So then I decided to understand why do I believe what I believe? Because so much of the time we believe things in our Christian life simply because that’s what someone told us from the pulpit.
And as I started to take a deep dive in the scriptures, the Lord told me to speak out. What He was revealing to me as I went through the Scriptures. And that’s what Nuggets of Faith is all about. This is five and a half years of nuggets. As I would come across scriptures, the Lord would impress on me what they were. And a lot of times he impressed There’s something here. But I didn’t understand it. So I would start speaking it out. Just a speech to text system as he’s talking through me. Then I’m going, Oh, wow, that’s cool. You know, I’m speaking out and I’m going, Oh, that’s cool. I didn’t understand that. And it just keeps coming out. Then a year ago, he told me to publish it, and that’s what this is. It’s still my study guide. In the back there’s an index with all the scriptures. This has 407 nuggets, and you use it sort of as a devotional guide. Easiest way to describe it is as you have time with the Lord, just go through a couple of them and it starts to open your eyes to deeper levels of truth within the Scripture. And it starts pretty shallow because at that time I was starting to relearn everything and then it gets deeper and deeper and deeper and you’ll find some really cool things like Was Jesus Ugly? Okay, you’ll find out if he was ugly or not in here so you can get it on Amazon.
Just type in my name. Beatty Carmichael for the search. Okay. So with that last time we’re on this topic on infirmity and the will of God and kind of what spurred this is in the last year or so I’ve come across three pastors who have loved ones that were deathly ill. Two of them have lost their loved ones and one is in the process of losing his unless she’s already passed already. She was on hospice as of a couple of weeks ago, and not only the pastors, but several other friends. And what happens is you start to reckon with what’s going on because these are not old people, right? You know, they’re not in the 80 seconds or 90 seconds. I mean, these are in the right in the 50 seconds and maybe 60. So what you have is you have people in essentially still in the prime of their life that are deathly ill. And the pastors, as you would imagine, you start to say what’s going on. And what really started happening is, as they would pray for their loved ones and they would have all their congregations praying and all of their extended congregations of where their family and friends are and their loved ones still stay sick and still die. And so you come up to the conclusion you have this passage that says if you pray according to God’s will, then you know that he hears you and you have the request that you’ve made of him.
And so what happens then? You pray for God to heal this person. The person’s not healed. So the conclusion is it must be God’s will that she be sick. It must be God’s will, that she die. It must be God’s will. And maybe God is trying to teach us something, teach us perseverance, sanctification, teach us how to handle grief, Teach us to lean on him during tough times. And so the question is, is that inaccurate interpretation of the. Scripture. So last time we looked at we looked at three things, actually. So if you think about infirmity and what causes infirmity, why do we have infirmity? The first one was, Is it God’s will? The second option is, is it fate as a result of the fall? And the third option? Is it something we do, in fact? And one of these pastors, as I was talking to him, he was saying, I forgot how we got into this particular part. But he said, well, you don’t believe it’s something that that we have done that causes my wife to be sick, do you? Of course not. That can’t be. And yet what we’re going to find next session is it’s all throughout Scripture that that is a real possibility, not the possibility. But you only have three things. Unless I’m missing something, it’s either God’s will. He sent it to us. It’s fate of the fall that it just happens out of. It’s just because we’re in a fallen world. You put.
Right? Right. Which could be somewhere within there. Probably generational is what we do because that’s technically. Yeah, because that’s. That’s a sin, right? Sin of the iniquity. There you go. So. Or it’s something we do. So last time we talked about is it God’s will? And what we looked at is a couple of things with this real interesting. One of the things that we did is we looked at Jesus says that he is one with the Father. So Jesus is one with a father, right? And this is what’s called the Eternal Covenant. The eternal Covenant is referenced in Hebrews. You don’t have to turn there, but it’s Hebrews 1320. If you want it. And this has now may the God of Peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal Covenant. What we find, what we found last time also is that the blood covenant is a unique type of covenant that basically says All mine is yours. All yours is mine. And because it’s a covenant, it makes you one. You think about the marriage covenant, the two become one with the eternal covenant. The eternal covenant is with father, son and spirit, and it makes them one. This is how they can be all three separate and yet all three one We pray to God or we pray to the Father or the Son and Holy Spirit. It doesn’t matter. They’re all one and the same. And so with that we find that Jesus is one with the Father.
We then found we looked at we are one with Jesus at the Last Supper and Mark 14. He says that this is the blood of the New Covenant. This is my blood of the New Covenant. Drink it. And so now we have a blood covenant with Jesus. And what that means is all of his is ours and all of ours is his. We then see one more thing with Jesus. By the way, Jesus is in the mix of all of this, right? With the other thing we see is that Jesus is our mediator. Jesus is the mediator. And what it says this is in first Timothy two five, that there is one God and there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. So here’s a real simple picture we get. We have the Father. On the left. For my audio listeners, I’ve got three boxes. The father is on the left. The middle box is Jesus, and the box on the right is the bride. That’s us. And so what we have is we have a mediator, which is Jesus that stands between us and the Father. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. And Jesus is the mediator between God and man. We then have a covenant between the Father and Jesus, the Son that makes them one. We have a covenant between Jesus and the bride that makes them one. And so then we start to ask the question, Can God send sickness to us in the New Covenant? And the answer is no for several reasons.
Number one, sickness doesn’t exist in heaven, so he can’t send us sickness from heaven. Number two, anything that we receive from the Father has to, by nature of the covenant, pass through the son, and he cannot send the son sickness and infirmity. And even if he could. Number three, Jesus has no sickness or infirmity and therefore we cannot receive from him what he does not have and does not possess. If we were to get sick, we’re going to find this in two sessions from now. If we were to get sick, then we can receive his healing as part of what he did on the cross. So then we look at one final thing with this whole concept of the blood covenant, and this is we see the transactions of the blood covenant with Jesus on the cross. He takes our sins, all of ours becomes all of his. And then at the resurrection, we receive his life. All of his becomes all of ours. Okay, so that’s kind of what we covered last time. And so with this, we can cross off out of the three options of where does infirmity come from, we can cross out God’s will because it doesn’t come from the Lord. The last thing we talked about last time, which was kind of an interesting thing, is we looked at jobe, right? Because all three of these pastors referenced Jobe. Well, they say, well, you see, Jobe gave him God gave infirmity to Jobe for a purpose, and therefore God must be giving my loved one infirmity because we prayed and the infirmity hasn’t left.
So it must be his will. But the challenge we ran into when we looked at this last time is jobe was before the old Covenant. God could send infirmity to Jobe because there was no new covenant with him. But today we’re under a new covenant and because of the New Covenant, God cannot send us infirmity and therefore Jobe doesn’t apply to us. Today we’re in a different category. Does this make sense? Does this catch everyone up? Any questions on any of this before we move forward? Okay. The other thing I wanted to share, because I think this is important to clarify, is that infirmity is not deformity. Okay? I don’t want this teaching to extrapolate that you extrapolate out too far. So infirmity is once you’ve been created, then infirmity comes upon you. But the deformity is how you’ve been created. There may be some commonality, but that’s not the topic. This is not deformity in the will of God. It’s infirmity. And they are two totally different things. So just keep in mind that is different. So what we want to do tonight is talk about infirmity. Is it a fate from the fall? Fate of the fall. Okay. That’s basically our topic. And I want to ask some questions to ponder. This isn’t going to make any sense how these questions tie into this, but I promise you, they really do. How does someone receive eternal life? What does the Bible say to receive eternal life?
Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved.
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved. How many all agree that that is a biblical truth? Great. I see a few hands that don’t go up. Right. I’m teasing. So is that the only way to have eternal life? Everyone’s quiet.
We know your trick questions. Yeah.
Yeah. You’ve been around long enough. You know there’s something coming. All right. They’re not trick questions, but they are deep questions. Believe in Jesus and you will have eternal life. That is a biblical truth, right? But let me ask a question. If it’s believing in Jesus. How did Enoch have eternal life? Enoch was seventh from Adam. How did Abel have eternal life? Which is the first son of Adam. He’s listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. How did Abraham have eternal life? None of them believed in Jesus. Are. So now their faith is credited to them as righteousness. But where does believing in Jesus come in?
Well said. He was slain before the foundation of the world. You’d have a revelation of that, right?
Okay, so. So here’s where I’m going. A lot of times we have these doctrines that says you must believe in Jesus. I was talking to a guy a few weeks back and and I was asking kind of the same question, you know, how do you go to heaven? He said, well, you’ve got to believe that Jesus is the son of God, that he lived a perfect life, that he died for our sins. He was buried. He was resurrected, sits on the right hand of God. Okay. So I said, Well, how did Enoch get there? Because he didn’t believe any of that. Right. So now we start to have some questions. And the questions is, what is it? It says, Abraham believed God and that was counted to him as righteousness. Abraham had no clue about anyone named Jesus or even a person called a messiah or even in the role of the Messiah. So what we have is we have a biblical truth that we create as a doctrinal absolute because we’ve been taught that. But if we go a little bit deeper in underneath the surface, you find. It’s a lot. It’s something different. I’m not saying if you believe in Jesus, you don’t go to heaven. That’s our revelation for today. But that wasn’t their revelation back then. In fact, I was listening to a missionary named Nancy. She was off in a tribal region, and she’s sharing the gospel with this tribe of cannibals right off in the backcountry, you know, still where all the animal skins are back there, you know, no technology.
And she’s sharing the gospel through an interpreter. And she mentions the name of Jesus, that Jesus is the son of God who came down in this. And all of a sudden the old shaman, the medicine man with the long spear, he starts jumping up and down all excited, couldn’t contain his excitement. He was just, like, enthusiastic. I mean, he was just whooping and hollering. And so Nancy, through the interpreter, said, well, what is he so excited about? So he replies back. He said. I’ve been following that God since I was a young man. And now I finally figure out what his name is. Oh, and he was a shaman of a cannibal tribe. So, Nancy, in her Western world, understanding like what we have, you must believe in Jesus and live this good life. She is blown away. So that night, she gets in front of the Lord and she says, What’s going on? Because he’s a cannibal. He eats people. He’s never had the gospel presented to him. How is he your child? And the Lord said, he loves me a lot. And he’s been following me all these years and he knows more about what eating someone means. When Jesus says in John six, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood, you have no part in me. He said he understands what communion is better than you do. But his level of revelation is a lot. Sorry, his level. But that’s what Jesus said.
And all the disciples went away. And he goes to his his tight knit group of disciples and said, Do y’all want to leave, too? They say, No, you know, you have the words of eternal life, but this is what this is what the Last Supper is all about. This is the bread of my this bread is my body broken for you? This cup is my blood. Drink it. It’s the same thing he said in John six. And what God was telling Nancy is this guy doesn’t have the revelation of understanding that eating people is wrong. So God overlooks that. But he was nonetheless a born again child of God with full eternal life already. And he never had the gospel preached to him. God simply showed up to him as a young man, as a bright light, if I recall that story correctly. And he’s been following God ever since. So we start to question, not question, but we start to go deeper and say. What are some of these biblical truths? Another one. Expository preaching. Anyone know what that is? Right. Is that expository? Preaching is where the pastor goes through book by book, verse by verse all the way through the Bible and teaches the Bible in the same level of concentration that it has in the Bible. So if it spends, you know, two pages on a topic, the preacher spends, you know, two pages worth of time on that topic and he goes through like that is expository preaching biblical.
According to my.
Okay. According to your grandfather and according to my pastor. Yes. And many others. But yet expository preaching. You see no example in the Bible. It’s not even taught in the Bible, but yet we hold it as a truth. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m saying we hold it as a truth. We call it biblical, but yet it’s not in the Bible anywhere. It’s a creation of man’s intellect and wisdom and opinion on how to preach and teach God’s word. How about this one? Am I meddling yet? Okay, how about this one? Baptizing babies by sprinkling water? Is that biblical? No. Everyone’s been quiet now. No. There is absolutely zero example of a baptizing a baby and zero example of baptism as sprinkling. Every single example of baptism, whether it’s Noah, whether it’s the Israelites going through the Red Sea, whether it’s John the Baptist, whether it’s Jesus himself or whether it’s all of the disciples and the people they baptize, 100% is a submersion. Go all the way down. All the way up. 100% are age of accountability.
Does it say that submersion?
Yes. That’s actually what baptism means. It means submersion. Yeah. So yeah, we hold or some people hold dearly that baptism is to be baptized. A baby with sprinkling water.
Sprinkling actually was for consecration and consecrate something and make it holy.
Yes you sprinkle the blood.
That’s what they kind of are doing. Like the baby they’re consecrating down they’ll raise the child.
Right. And so but but here’s the point I’m making. While I’m not saying it’s bad and I’m definitely not criticizing any of these, I’m saying what we hold is deeply held. Biblical truths are unbiblical. Driving a car and having air conditioning is unbiblical. It’s not in the Bible. It doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means it’s unbiblical. Here’s where I’m going on all this. There are things that we believe as biblical that are not. And it’s important for us to separate out what is biblical and what is not. What is biblical. That comes directly from Scripture is truth. What does not come from Scripture may not be as true as we think it is, and therefore we need to hold it at a different level of respect and honor. Let me show you what happened with Jesus. Turn with me on this one. This is Matthew. 15 one through three. And I want to show you the challenge that you start to get into. If you start to connect dots that the Bible doesn’t connect. Like my friends, the pastors who connected the dots, that it must be God’s will, that their loved one be sick, that God probably sent the sickness upon them. It’s never in the Bible, but they’re connecting dots and they hold to it as a biblical truth. When it’s not biblical. So here we are. Matthew 15 verses one through three. Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat.
Jesus replied. And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? See, what happened is the elders had come to the conclusion that you need to wash your hands, and it’s a good conclusion. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong. They came to the conclusion because part of the law is that you wash, you know, you wash things and prevent disease from spreading. And so then the tradition of the elder became law. For the Jews. And they were coming to Jesus says, Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders? And they had placed their tradition of the elders at the same level as the commandments of God. And that’s the danger, because they may be good, but it’s not truth. It may be true, but it’s not God’s biblical truth. And we just need to be cautious with that. So why do I go through all this? We can infer that infirmity is from the fall, but there is zero biblical evidence that it is. We see inferences, but we see no direct connection. I’ve read the Bible many times. I see none. I may have missed a slight thing somewhere, but I can’t find anywhere. And even if you start to Google it, which I usually do say, Am I missing anything? And there is nothing out there where infirmity is directly correlated to the fall in the Bible, so we have to assume that it is unbiblical.
It may be true. But it is unbiblical. Let me show you the closest thing that I can find. Romans 512. Turn to this. I want to show this to you. Romans 512 This is what a lot of people use to show that infirmity is tied to the fall. That is tied to sin. This is Paul speaking and he says, therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man and death, through sin. And so death spread to all men because all sin. And what’s the precursor of death? Infirmity. Right. So now we say, look, sin came, death came. And because infirmity is a precursor of death, this shows a direct correlation between sickness and sin. Yet let me ask you a question. Is Paul speaking about physical death or spiritual death? Sin came into the world and through it, death. Is that physical or is that spiritual? Very spiritual. Yeah. Death is one the last things thrown into the lake of Fire. And that’s a spiritual entity. Then we go, Well, Adam was going to live forever because he was made perfect, right? Until he sinned. And then because he sinned, he died. We’re going to look at that in just a moment. But this is a spiritual death that Paul is talking about, not a physical death. And you cannot you cannot apply a a physical infirmity into a spiritual death.
They’re separate. So even this doesn’t really apply to infirmity because and this is one of the truths and this is the main premise of the teaching for today is the Bible teaches spiritual truths. It doesn’t teach physical truths. There may be physical truths kind of peppered throughout, but when it’s teaching, it’s all teaching spiritual truths. And therefore it would make sense. It’s going to be pretty silent on a physical issue of infirmity could come from the fall. But the point I wanted to make is when we read the Bible, it’s God teaching us spiritual truths. And so as we look at it, simply because there’s not much on the physical impact of the fall, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It simply means that the spiritual truth is. The fall and infirmity may not be as correlated as we think. So let me show you with all that. All I’m saying is this is now my opinion because it’s not biblical. I’m going to connect some dots for you. I’m going to show you about the fall. Show you what it does. We can infer pretty closely that infirmity there are infirmities that do come from the fall, but the Bible doesn’t teach it. That’s the key. It, infers it. We see the consequence of it, but it doesn’t teach it. And because it doesn’t teach it, you have to say it’s got to be more opinion than biblical.
It’s interesting what you’re saying, though, is because we are spirits. Yes. Is why is why he teaches.
Teaches us spiritual stuff.
As a spiritual thing. Right.
So now here’s one here’s one of my other tough questions. What is the fall in the Bible? Who can define what the fall is. Because we say, Hey, it’s because of the fall. We live in a fallen world.
Disobedience to what God.
Said, disobedience. And who disobeyed.
Well, both of them. Both of.
But really, it says in the Bible that the instruction was given to the man who said he called him into the garden. He was the personal male gender. Okay.
Yeah. All right. So how many of you all would agree that the fall references Adam’s sin? Raise your hand. Everyone with your hands raised or those that are not your little not sure what you’re going to respond. I get it. You’re wrong. It doesn’t. The fall is not referenced to Adam or to Eve.
Caused about one man’s sin.
Let me show you. Yeah. So. Okay, so now we’re going to have some fun. I got to give you some background. I want to give you the timeline of the earth. All right. This is the timeline of the Earth and the fall, because once we start to see this, then a lot of other things that we come to conclusions that are not directly referenced as biblical truths, we start to realize that maybe a lot of those conclusions are wrong. Okay, So number one, timeline, Genesis one one. So let’s go there. And this is the cosmos created creation of the cosmos. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Right. So just a real quick. When God creates things, is it made perfect or is it in very raw form? Perfect and complete or just kind of destroyed. Perfect and complete. Right. So God created the heavens and the earth. This is all of creation, right? Heavens means also the spiritual realm, right? So this is the cosmos created. This is the first part of the timeline of the Earth. And the fall second timeline is Genesis one two. Let’s look at that. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. I will give you the punch line on this and we’re going to go into it. This is the earth is in ruins and destruction. So verse one, God creates the heavens and the earth and it’s perfect.
Verse two, The earth is already destroyed and in ruins. Let me show you where this comes from. If you look at the Hebrew word for without form, it means to lie waste and a desolation to lie, waste and a desolation. If you look at the Hebrew word for void, it means an undistinguishable ruin. If you look at the Hebrew word for darkness, it literally means darkness, but figuratively it means misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow and wickedness. So if we were to put these words back into verse two, the earth was a waste and desolation in an undistinguishable ruin and misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow and wickedness was over the face of the deep. Does that sound like the same earth that was in verse right before it? No. What happened? That’s the key. And what we want to do is look at what happened between verses one and two that starts to do that. So now we’re going to look at the third step in this process. The third step. Now everything I’m going to do in this third step actually goes in between 1 and 2. Okay, So this is Lucifer Destroys. Earthly man, and then he falls with that. Let me ask you a question. Was Adam created before or after Lucifer became Satan? Okay. So we’re going to get there. I’ll give you the punchline because that’s not really much part of this Lucifer.
Existed before Adam. Satan existed at the time Adam was created. So now we see something going on. So let’s look at Isaiah 14. Isaiah 14 and this is verses 12 through 20. Isaiah 14 verses 12 through 20. There are two passages in the scripture that reference Lucifer. That gives us some background. And so that’s what we’re going to read here. Story in verse 12. How you have fallen from Heaven. Morning Star. Others have day star. Others have Bright Star. New King James version has Lucifer. The Hebrew word for Morning Star Day star or Bright Star? The Hebrew word is Lucifer. This is the only place in the Bible where this word is used, and it means Lucifer. So how you have fallen from heaven? Morning, star. Son of the Dawn. You have been cast down to the earth. You who once laid low, The nations laid low. That’s a destruction. You said in your heart. And now we get to what’s called the five I Wills. These are the five rebellions of Lucifer. I will ascend to the heavens. I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit enthroned on the Mount of Assembly on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds. I will make myself like the most high. This is pride. This is unrighteousness. Beginning then starting back with verse 15.
But you were brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate. Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble? Notice this is talking about kingdoms. This is before Adam. The man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities, civilization, and would not let his captives go home. All the kings of the nations. Another civilization statement lie in state, each in his own tomb. But you are cast out of your tomb like a rejected branch. You are covered with the slain, with those pierced by the sword. Those who descend to the stones of the pit like a corpse trampled under foot. You will not join in burial, for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Let the offspring of the wicked never be mentioned again. So what we start to see is Lucifer. Had a kingdom. He was over people. Kings, nations. And he destroyed them. This is before Adam. Let’s look at one other passage. This is now Ezekiel 2811 through 19. Ezekiel 28. 11 through 19. This is the second passage about Lucifer. It doesn’t call him by that name. But all theologians claim and agree that this is about Lucifer. The Word of the Lord came to me. Son of man. Take up a lament concerning the king of tire.
And say to him, This is what the sovereign Lord says. You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect and beauty. You were in Eden, The Garden of God. Every precious stone adorned you. Carnelian Chrysolite and Emerald. Topaz. Onyx and Jasper. Lapis Lazuli. Turquoise and Beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold on the day you were created. They were prepared. So all this is his skin. His skin is gold and jewels. You anointed as a guardian cherub? So for so I ordained you guardian is a guard means closest to the Lord, most high. The guardian cherubs guard the Lord. So that’s this guy’s position. You are on the Holy Mount of God, you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the days that you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade, you were filled with violence and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the Mount of God and I expelled you. Guardian cherub from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty. And you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. Watch this. So I threw you to the earth. And I made a spectacle of you before Kings. There we have reference again to a civilization already on earth By your many sins and dishonest trade, you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you and it consumed you.
And I reduced you to ashes on the ground. This is reducing Lucifer to ashes on the ground of the earth. Spoiling it. I reduce you to ashes in the sight of all who are watching all the nations who knew you. Are appalled at you. You have come to a horrible end and will be no more. So we have a conclusion. There was an age of man before the age of Adam. You have kingdoms, You have rulers. You have people. You have destruction. You have Lucifer when he was thrown down. That’s when he becomes Satan. Right. He’s changed. Physically changed from Lucifer to Satan. Just as we are physically changed from a human man to a son of God. Right. There is a change that happens. That is a supernatural change. So what we find is Lucifer was thrown to the earth and he was reduced to ashes on the ground. So here’s the conjecture. Okay. Keep in mind, all of this is opinion. Take it. For what it’s worth, it is not biblical. It is opinion on what we see in Scripture. And the conjecture is that the earth is destroyed in between Genesis one and Genesis two. It was a perfect creation when God created it. And then by the time we get to verse two, it is in ruins as a desolation. Why was it a desolation? I believe what happened is Lucifer destroyed and corrupted creation.
And so God destroyed Earth. We’re going to see this in just a moment as a pattern. So look at this real quickly. Look to Romans eight verses 20 and 21. I want to show you some evidence that we can start to extrapolate that this is probably what happened. Remember that Lucifer’s fall was cataclysmic. It was huge. He was right there by Father God Almighty as a guardian cherub. He had dominion over, apparently, it seems like over either earth or over large parts of the earth. He conducted trade, whatever that means, we don’t know. And when he fell and we know that Scripture references and infers that a third of the angels went with him. So it seems like a huge rebellion. Cataclysmic. Watch this. Romans eight, 20 and 21 for the creation was subjected to frustration not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it. In hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay. And brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. So what we see in sense is when God threw Lucifer down and burned him to ashes. Everything gets destroyed. The corruption in Lucifer now becomes corruption in all creation. The subjected to frustration, bondage to decay. That doesn’t sound like something God made perfect, he said.
And I can’t remember if it’s an it’s either in Psalms or Isaiah, where he says, God created it. Not in vain.
Right? Not in vain.
He had a purpose for it.
Right. So so there is there’s something that went on and I think this is what’s going on. So God then, I believe, destroys the earth with a great flood levels any mountains that may have already been there. And he starts over. Let me show you my evidence on that. Number one, look at Genesis one two. So we start from the fact that there was civilization on Earth. Quite widespread. And now in Genesis one two, it says the earth was without form and void and darkness was over the face of the deep. So it’s in utter ruins. And the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters gives the picture that it’s just nothing but covered with water. That’s kind of the picture I get, right? So then we look at patterns, right? God works in patterns, and this is an interesting pattern. Let’s look at a couple of patterns of God starting over. Patterns of God starting over. So the question is, would God really have destroyed the earth in all of its inhabitants? That doesn’t sound like a loving God. So let’s look at the flood. Genesis six, verses five through eight. We’re going to look at two times where God was starting over that we find as biblical references. Genesis six, verses five through eight. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, Watch this. I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created. And with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground. For I regret that I made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. So we see a pattern. God destroys all of the earth, including all of the animals. Everything. And he just starts over. If he’s doing that with man at the time of Noah, then it’s a pattern that we could say that based on what happened with Lucifer, that he could have destroyed the earth and started over with Adam. Y’all connecting the dots with me on this. And so we have we have that as an example. And then we have one more example. Anyone know another example of where God was going to start over in the Bible besides Noah? Let’s turn to Exodus 32. Nine and ten. I’ll give you the back as you’re turning there. Exodus 32, nine and ten. Moses is up on the top of the mountain. God has just spoken the Ten Commandments to all the people in their hearing. And Moses is taking a long time, so they make a golden calf.
Moses comes down and oh my gosh, here’s what’s going on. So because they broke the Covenant. Moses broke the Stone Covenant. The Ten Commandments is the covenant. That’s why he breaks it, because the people had already broken the Covenant. Okay, so then God says this. Starting in Exodus 32, verse nine. I have seen these people, the Lord said to Moses, and they are a stiff necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation. We see the pattern. God works in patterns. We can certainly see that the pattern with Lucifer becomes more likely a pattern of what actually happened. So then we now have the six days of creation. Okay. Six days of creation. Starting with Genesis one, verses three through five. Let’s look at that real quick. So now we have the pattern. And the pattern says that in Genesis one one, God created the heavens and the earth, and it was perfect. Then we see this stuff going on with Lucifer. And Lucifer’s thrown down. God is very upset. And then we see Genesis one two, that the earth is in ruins. And now we get to Genesis one three. And God said, Let there be light. And there was light. And God saw that the light was good and God separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light day and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning the first day. And now God starts over with Adam. You know, that’s the leading into that. So then we have one final thing, and that is where we’re headed. Man is created with a corrupted body. So we’re talking about infirmity from the fall. So let’s look at this. Genesis two, seven and eight. Man is created with a corrupted body. Genesis two, starting in verse seven. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And the man became a living being. Now, the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden. And there he put the man he had formed. Notice what happens. We see you in Romans eight, that all creation was subjected to frustration and futility. In bondage to decay. And then we see that man, Adam, is made from the dust of the ground and then he’s put in the garden. That means that the ground he’s made of is the dust of earth, not dust of garden. Garden is a perfect place. Earth has corrupted already due to the fall, but not Adam’s fall. Lucifer’s fall. Y’all following this connection. So when Lucifer. Lucifer falls so cataclysmic that all creation is corrupted.
That’s what I think we see. We’re inferring. Okay, then man is made from that. So what’s the implication? Let me show you a wrong implication. Genesis two, verses 15 through 17. This is similar to the passage in Romans five that we covered earlier. So Genesis two verses starting in verse 15. The Lord. God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man. You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For when you eat from it, you will certainly die. Certainly die. References. Spiritual death, not physical death. And so this passage cannot be used to support that. Infirmity in physical death are due to the fall. The Bible teaches spiritual truths, not physical truths. This is a spiritual truth. But let me show you. Inference evidence that there is corruption in the body that causes it to perish. Turn to First Corinthians 1542. Because the earth has corrupted Adam’s body is corrupted. And this is what Paul tells us. In first Corinthians 15, starting in verse 42. So it is with the resurrection of the dead, what is sown. Perishable. Is raised imperishable. It’s talking about the physical body. The physical body is so perishable.
So when he’s saying he made man in God’s image, he was talking about his spirit.
His spiritual, spiritual image, Not a physical image. A physical is the inference. Right. Okay. Now, keep in mind, he.
Couldn’t have been that corrupted in being his image. That’s correct. So it couldn’t be.
It couldn’t be. So then we have this other question that kind of lingers around, and that is, but if God makes things perfect and complete. Then doesn’t it make sense that Adam would have been perfect and complete? He would never have died if he had never eaten of the forbidden fruit. He would have lived forever. Y’all heard that? That’s kind of what we’ve concluded. Is that biblical? No, says in verse.
45 that the first man is M, and they always refer to Christ as the second Adam. Yes.
So if I were to try to fit that into what I see in Scripture, keep in mind this is opinion. I would say that that’s talking about the first man of this age, of the Adam man age, not previous ages or future ages. You know, it says in Ephesians two that we’re raised with Christ and seated on the throne that God may show his grace to us for ages to come. So we see this pattern. There are there are ages. What we see with the timeline of the earth is there appears to have been an age of man because they’re called man in Isaiah and in Ezekiel talking about Lucifer, about men and kings. So there seems to have been an age there. We’re going to see we’re in an age now. There seems to be ages to come, so there may be more than one type of man. I don’t know. That’s just speculation. Well, I was.
Just thinking, too, because he’s not really talking to the body, which is corrupted. He has another body that he’s preparing. You know that we’ll be a partaker. Yes, that’s what he’s talking about in first Corinthians 15. We all become partakers in Christ’s body, right?
Well, that’s the imperishable body. But the perishable body is.
The one that’s.
Eternal. That’s the one that is eternal. So let’s look at the Tree of Life, because I want to go back to this issue that, well, Adam would never have died physically had he not eaten another fruit because that’s surely die. And so it took him 800 years to die, but he died because of the fruit. I don’t I think we’re connecting dots that don’t exist. And I want to show you some some evidence on that. Go back to Genesis two nine. I want to show you something with this. We’re going to talk about the Tree of Life. We’re kind of going all over the Bible now with this topic to get to this point that we’re making. So Genesis two nine, the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground, trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now, my personal opinion is not biblical because it’s not in the Bible. You all ever have bad soil and you plant flowers and weeds grow up. I’m thinking the tree of the knowledge of good and evil grew up because the soil was corrupt, creation was corrupted. And to counteract that, we have the tree of Life. Question Why did God place the tree of life in the garden? I mean, it’s there. Why is it there?
Right. So to answer that question, we first have to start to ask the question, what does the tree of life do? Right. Does a tree.
Make you live forever? That’s why God put the angels.
All right, so let’s look at that. Yeah. So watch this turn to Genesis 322. Let’s look at what does the Tree of Life do? We’re going to look at two verses, actually three technically, but two passages. So Genesis 322 and the Lord God said the man has now become like one of us knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever. So we find that the tree of life, if you eat of the fruit, it gives eternal life. What else gives eternal life? What? Christ. Are we supposed to eat? Of Christ? Yes. Yes. Do you see a correlation? Unless you eat of my flesh and drink my blood, you have no part in me. But if you eat it my flesh and drinking my blood, you have eternal life. When you eat of the fruit of the tree of life, it gives eternal life. The tree of life is. Christ right now. Let’s look at. The end of the Bible. Revelation 22. If you don’t know where to go, it’s the last book in your Bible. The last chapter in the last book in your Bible, I think. Revelation 22. We’re going to read the first two verses. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal flowing, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing 12 crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.
And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Now we put this in perspective. This is after sin and death have been conquered after death has been thrown into the lake of fire. After the new heavens and the new earth have been created and there is no corruption. And it says the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. So. While the fruit gives eternal life, the leaves bring healing. So the question was, what does the tree of life do? It gives eternal life if you eat of it and it brings healing if you simply use the leaves. Why did God place the tree of life in the garden? It was to bring healing to Adam and subsequent men. Okay. There is no other purpose for it. And especially if corruption was already in the world, already in the earth. Man was created from that corruption. And then we see an extension of that man in the new heavens and new earth. And the leaves of the Tree of Life were for the healing of the nations, which means they still get sick. So what are our conclusions? If we go back to the original question for tonight’s talk, right is. Is infirmity from fate as a result of the fall. The fall was not Adam. The fall was Lucifer. And what we can infer because of the Tree of Life being present both with Adam and in in the new heavens and the new Earth where there are still mankind and is for the healing of the nations.
What we can infer is that Adam’s body was susceptible to infirmity on its own. Not as a result of God sending infirmity. Not as a result of something that you do. Okay. Long way to get to the answer that we kind of know instinctively, but this shows you biblically there are biblical and inferences of infirmity due to fate. You have the Jewish laws on keeping sewage separate from people. You know need to go use the bathroom. You dig a hole and you hide it, right? Or if someone comes in contact with something unclean or you have boils or something that’s oozing, then you wash everything that person touches. If you touch anything, you’ve got to wash yourself. So you see these things of hygiene that are important because you can catch infirmity from something out there, right? Because our bodies are perishable and they do catch infirmity. Those are about the closest thing. The Bible specifically talks about infirmity as a result of the fall. It’s just that we have perishable, weak bodies. So the big conclusion out of all of this, besides a lot of fun and kind of seeing this bigger picture of things is my opinion is that infirmity comes from the fall as well. But it is not biblical because the Bible is teaching spiritual truths and that would be simply a physical truth of you just got a bad body and it’s going to have problems with it as you go along.
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