091014 Why The Severe Punishment Part 1?

Leviticus 20:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 ‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.

This post will be the first of two posts that will be used to explain the subject. The following, and concluding post, will soon follow and will have the identifying number of 091114, with its title being “Why The Severe Punishment Part 2.” Verses 10-16 of Leviticus 20 will be addressed.

The punishment that is listed above, and others that we will discuss, can be viewed as being very severe. Why would a loving God prescribe such extreme measures? Let’s go back to the beginning of time for a timeline of things that brought about such a need. A lot of detail will be found in this post, but it is invaluable for a proper understanding of the subject. It may be best for this study to be broken down into smaller units of detail that will provide for a better comprehension of the many happenings that led up to the punishments that God placed upon “His chosen people, Israel.”

Genesis 1:31 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The world was created. Not a thing was wrong. As people say today, “not a problem.”

Genesis 2:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The first rule was given by God to Adam, “don’t eat anything from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” That was a simple rule, but let’s look at what took place.

Genesis 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

God had given a wife to Adam (Gen 2:21-25). The wife, Eve (Gen 3:20), disobeyed God, and Adam joined in her disobedience.

Genesis 3:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we can see that there “really was a problem.”

Romans 5:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

The problem that resulted was “death.” From the time of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden, until the time in which we live, death has affected every part of our human life (body, soul, spirit – 1 Thessalonians 5:23). Also, prior to the fall of Adam and Eve, every aspect of nature was perfect. That part of God’s creation also fell from its created perfection.

Genesis 3:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:“Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Through the “seed of the woman” (verse 15) God would provide a Redeemer, a Savior, a Messiah, to save mankind from its fallen state. Notice the words, “seed of woman.” Normal childbirth comes from the seed of man. This verse is the first prophecy of the virgin birth of the Savior, Jesus.

Genesis 4:1-2,8 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

The problem escalates. The firstborn of Adam and Eve murdered his brother. The lie of Eve (the first lie of mankind), the outward disobedience of Adam and Eve, and now, the first murder takes place. Consider the lie.

Genesis 3:2-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

God didn’t tell Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the tree, only they couldn’t eat of it.

Genesis 6:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

The sinful lives of fallen mankind had become so repulsive to God, that He decided to destroy all of His created life, everything but fish (Genesis 6:17).

Genesis 6:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth..

The fall had also affected God’s creation of natural things. The creation of humans and nature were no longer “very good” (Genesis 1:31). God planned a destruction of living beings and natural things.

Genesis 6:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And behold, I Myself am bringing flood waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.

A worldwide flood would destroy all created life, except fish.

Genesis 7:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.

God chose the family of Noah to be saved from the flood.

Genesis 8:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”

The flood ended, and Noah and his family departed the ark to repopulate the earth. But, even though eight human beings had been saved from death, they carried with them, a condition of the pre-flood life and world.

Romans 7:15,17 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

From the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind has had the will to sin, which is the result of “indwelling sin.” Even though Noah’s family survived the flood, they still carried with them, the inherent vice of “indwelling sin.”

Genesis 9:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.

Of the three sons of Noah, one of them would carry the blood line of the Savior that was spoken of by God to Eve (Genesis 3:15).

Genesis 11:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.

The blood line begins to the Savior. God has chosen Shem for that blood line.
Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Nahor, Serug, Nahor, Terah, then ..

Genesis 11:26 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Of Terah’s sons, God would choose one of them to carry forward the blood line of the Savior.

Genesis 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram:“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Of the descendants of Shem, God chose Abram to carry forward the blood line to the Savior.

Genesis 17:1-9, 19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” 9 And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations..19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

The blood line to the Savior will carry forward through the son of Abraham, who will be named Isaac.

Genesis 28:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.3 “May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples; 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham.”

The blood line to the Savior will carry forward through the son of Isaac, who was Jacob.

Genesis 35:9-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. 11 Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12 The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.”

God calls Jacob “Israel.” The blessing is further explained.

Exodus 40:34-38 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Cloud and the Glory

34 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Let’s consider the holiness of God as we go to Him in worship through the leading of Paul Wilbur.

Holy, Holy, Holy, Worthy
Paul Wilbur

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