Just over 10 years ago, I preached a series of lessons on “The Dead and Dying.” I don’t recall much of it (probably the whole series has been lost in the digital world), but I found what was probably the first outline in the series, on Adam and Eve. The main points:
- The condition of death: disobedience, Gn 2.16. The first time the verb “command” is used in Bible (though not the first imperative, Gn 1.28).
- The certainty of death, Gn 2.17. (Hebrew: “dying you will die”, construction emphasizes certainty of the fact.)
- The companion of death: Not by chance that the creation of woman, Gn 2.18-25, follows immediately the command. Here, the woman was first in disobedience.
Might be a good series to preach around Halloween or All Souls’ Day, in cultures that celebrate such nonsense.
Oh, I did find this on Hezekiah, from the series.
“There are at least five facts that all must face. We must live (Rom. 14:7); we must die (Heb. 9:27); we must be raised from the dead (John 5:28-29); we must face God in judgment (I Cor. 5:10), and we must live eternally somewhere (Matt. 25:46).” —Paul Wilmoth
1. Some days are more productive than others. Takeaway lesson: You never know what day will turn out to be productive. Slog through and discover.
2. Some people linger for months or years before death. Still, God’s saints who value life care for them with love. We’re seeing it happen now, again.
3. Finished writing today the “52 Actions of the Disciple of Christ.” Good feeling. Now for a revision, and it’s ready for the printer. Psalm 119 book is also done; I’ve asked a professional brother in Christ for an estimate on a revision.
4. Pope decided the Lord’s prayer needs to be better translated. He doesn’t like: “Lead us not into temptation.” This is once he might be right. Brazilian versions give us, “Do not let us fall into temptation.” What do you think about the English translations?
5. Did I mention that next to me opened up a beer and burger joint, with a name that includes the F-word? It’s pasted all over the front and side, and you can’t miss it. Time to move.
6. An original item:
Itself the murky mind can barely see,
For all the layers of deep dishonesty.
7. A Bible verse, from the NLT, from—why not?— Matthew 6.13:
“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”