Fourth Week – The Gift of Death

The gift of Death?  Grateful for Death?  Are you suicidal?  What are you talking about?  In order: Yes, Yes, No, and let me explain.  To understand the gift of our Death we have to understand the gift of Christ’s Death.

First let’s look back at Genesis.

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:26-27

Now God created men and women in His image.  He created us in the image of Love.  That is our true nature.  He set us to love the earth, to have dominion over Creation.

Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.” – Genesis 2:16-17

Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made. He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?’”

The woman said to the serpent, “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. The eyes of both of them were opened…Genesis 3:1-7

Now let’s see Jesus’ temptation.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you.’ and, ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you don’t dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’”

Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory. He said to him, “I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and served him.  – Matthew 4:1-11

He was tempted with making stones into bread because He was hungry.  Just as Eve was tempted when she saw the fruit from the tree was good to eat.  But instead of eating as Eve did Jesus said that God is our life not food.  Then He was tempted to test God, just as Eve tested God thinking that she wouldn’t die, but Jesus said not to test.  Because to truly love someone you never have to test it.  You just know.  The last temptation was for power, to turn aside from God and be something you are not, just as Eve wanted to be “like a god”, instead of the wonderful person she was.  It is a problem with the forgetting that you are complete with God, if you have God you don’t need anything.  That was why Jesus did not succumb to the temptation of power for he knew God alone worthy of worship.

It has long been a tradition that the Tree of Knowledge was an apple tree.  This is very symbolic because as soon as Eve and Adam ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge their eyes were opened.  They knew what they had done.  If you cut an apple horizontally in half you will see that the seeds form a five pointed star.  The symbol of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem and the symbol the five wounds of Christ at His death.

Yahweh God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…” Therefore Yahweh God sent him out from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed Cherubs at the east of the Garden of Eden, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.  – Genesis 3:22-24

This was when the Crucifixion truly started.  Adam and Eve were not banished from the garden as punishment, as we already discussed.  And since the Resurrection we know was to show us that Death no longer had dominion over us. We have nothing to fear and everything to gain by accepting the gift of Death.

Please join me in prayer.

“I come to you, my God, with a grateful heart.  Thank You, O Lord for surrounding me with your unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance.  Thank You, O Lord for showering me with all your sacred blessings.  Please open my heart so that I am truly grateful for all that you have done, are doing and will do, now and forever.  I am grateful for my death, because through death I can return to You.  I am grateful for the ability to die so that I will never be separated from You again.  I am grateful for the unimaginable depths of Your Love.  For all these things – Thank You, O Lord.  Amen.”

Please meditate and listen to God.

Peace be with you.

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