Defeat Through the First Man in Eden (continued)
Black Week in Eden (continued)
"The Lord God commanded the man, saying." Let us get the issue clearly before us. The Lord God, absolute Sovereign, has spoken from His throne, not merely saying but commanding. The command was crystal clear. "Thou shalt not eat of it." God is testing that first man in regard to obedience to His will, which is the fundamental law of His kingdom. His will has been expressed in His Word. His Word is truth. To disregard God's Word and to disobey God's will would be lawlessness, and lawlessness is sin (1 John 3:4); and sin would incur the penalty of death. "For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
The serpent said, thous shalt NOT surely die." "Shalt" - "shalt NOT". Both statements cannot be true. Either God or satan is a liar. God's Word stands or falls upon that one word "not." The authenticity, the authority, the integrity, of His Word stands at the bar of that one word "NOT." Who is the liar? Will you take the testimony of God's Son?
John 8:44: When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Will you take the testimony of God's Spirit as He speaks through the Word?
Numbers 23:1`9: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Titus 1:2: God, that cannot lie.
Hebrews 6:18: Impossible for God to lie.
Will you take the testimony of the Word itself regarding the commandment of the Lord?
Psalm 12:6: The words of the Lord are pure words.
Psalm 19:*: The commandment of the Lord is pure.
If God had spoken a lie in the Garden of Eden it would have thrust Him out of His own heaven into hell, for He declares in Revelation 21:27:
There shall in no wise enter into it anything that maketh a lie.
And in Revelation 21:8:
All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.
(continued with # 17)